In a nutshell: The Intense flavour and scent of these dried Kaffir lime peels from Madagascar makes them perfect for using in curry pastes, sauces and syrups.
This dried Kaffir lime peel comes from Madagascar and has a delicate, efflorescent citrus flavour. The peel (or zest) is much milder than the typical lime but is used in much the same way. It presents an intense citrus bouquet with the bittersweet background often associated with lime zest. The Kaffir lime is a tree that originates in Southeast Asia. Its fruit, leaves and peel are found almost everywhere in the cuisines of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mauritius, and Réunion. The dried peel is generally rehydrated before use, often in red or green curry pastes. It can also be ground then added, in small quantities, to soups, stir-fries, poultry and seafood dishes. It’s a spice that pairs brilliantly with ginger, lemongrass, or galangal. Perfect also for adding to vinaigrettes, sauces and cocktail and pastry syrups.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.