in a nutshell: Deliciously fruity and intense Balsam Fir Tip buds enhance all sorts of savoury dishes and desserts.
These young spring Balsam Fir Tip buds promise exceptional fruity flavour. For use in desserts, small game, or as an herbal infusion.
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) is a North American evergreen common to Quebec. Its young buds can only be harvested during a two week period in spring. Our Balsam Fir tips comes from the Laurentians. Balsam buds are less resinous and more complex than mature needles, with a complex fruity flavour and notes of cherry. It has an almost candy taste and complements great desserts like meringues, shortbreads, or pannacotta. They can also be used with poultry and fish. Crushed Balsam Fir Buds are a great finishing spice for carpaccio or a tartare of red meat or game.
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.