Spices & Herbs

Épices de Cru Caraway


In a nutshell: Used in European, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking and spice blends, it is equally good ground or whole. Great for baking. 

Caraway is a spice similar to cumin, and is famous for its nutty, earthy, and lightly peppery flavour. A cross-between cumin and fennel with a hint of aniseed. It is one of northern and eastern Europe’s oldest spices, in use for at least 5,000 years. In Europe, it is the distinctive flavour in rye bread, sauerkraut and the German liqueur Kümmel. In North Africa, if is also sometimes used in sauces like harissa. In India, caraway is the secret to rich biryanis. Try it with pork, apples, cabbage, rice, and in classic breads such as pumpernickel.

Details 45g

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.

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