In a nutshell: The finest Single Estate Tellicherry peppercorns to use for special recipes where they can play a starring role or as everyday extravagance in your pepper mill ground onto favourite dishes.
The Épices de Cru Reserve is our most aromatic Tellicherry pepper. This exclusive offering consists of only the ripest of our suppliers’ berries - less than 0.05% of the entire harvest. Truly the very best the region has to offer. These extra large, fully ripened, Grade 12 Tellicherry peppercorns have a rich, complex flavour and moderate heat. Like any Tellicherry pepper, this black pepper Reserve is great for your everyday pepper grinder. It’s even better for dishes where black pepper plays a starring role - think pepper sauces and breads, beef and pepper stir-fries and salt and pepper squid.
Pure, and full of flavour, these extra large Tellicherry pepper berries come from India’s most respected black pepper terroir. Our Tellicherry Reserve Grade 12 peppercorns are from a small village in the mountains of Kerala and are of exceptional quality. Tellicherry is the most famous black pepper exporting region of India. “Tellicherry” is simply the name given to single-estate peppers from Kerala, distinguishing them from other Malabar Pepper blends from the region. While many Malabar peppers are of very high quality, Tellicherry peppercorns are always consistently the best, and boldest pepper that money can buy. These large, fully ripened berries have a remarkable rich flavour and a lingering heat. Make Tellicherry pepper a must for your everyday pepper grinder and you'll notice the difference immediately. Try them in savoury dishes, any black pepper sauce, or even added to certain desserts - we even use them on rice pudding and porridge!
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.