In a nutshell: An essential store cupboard spice to use with gravlax, game dishes, refreshing apple and cabbage salads and fruit compotes.
Famed as a vital ingredient in gin, Aquavit and some Alpine grappa and amaro, our hand-harvested Canadian Juniper berries have a fruity, oily and resinous flavour all signs of their good provenance and quality. In the West, juniper is used mostly for game and cabbage dishes like Sauerkraut. They are also great added to other hearty meat and poultry stews, terrines and patés. Blend with thyme, sage and bay leaves to create a sensual spice mix to add to lamb dishes. An essential store cupboard spice if you want to make that Nordic classic, gravlax or pickle some herrings with juniper berries, onions and vinegar. We also add juniper to our game dishes, refreshing apple and cabbage salads and fruit compotes
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.