In a nutshell: Get some real West Indian flavour added to your curries and slow-cooked dishes with these leaves from the spice island of Grenada.
Harvested in Grenada, one of the best Caribbean spice islands, these have a really lovely aroma of cloves and cinnamon. Widely used in Indian (and often known as the Indian bay leaf) and West Indian cooking. Simply substitute for bay leaves whenever you want some authentic Caribbean or Indian flavour in your dishes. Cinnamon leaves add a subtle aroma to many Indian rice dishes, such as biryanis. When blended with cloves, green cardamom and black pepper, Cinnamon leaves also make a wonderful seasoning for pilafs. Often used in stews, slow-cook recipes and in curries made with coconut milk. A great bay leaf substitute for your pantry. Try cooking spiced basmati rice or adding to a chickpea dhal or a spicy meat filling for Jamaican-style patties.
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.