In a nutshell: Whole Alleppy Turmeric, ground with a mortar and pestle, guarantees quality and purity and is the best we've tasted. It adds such wonderful colour and flavour to curries, meat and veggie stews.
The Spice Coast port of Alleppey has been known for its turmeric for centuries. With its deep orange colour Alleppey turmeric is surprisingly flavourful. This Indian turmeric contains high levels of curcumin, the resinous colouring agent of turmeric. Used almost exclusively in combination with other spices, turmeric gives Caribbean and Indian curries their warm, yellow colour and flavour. The orange rhizome is dried until it becomes so dense that it could break the blades of most grinders and mills. Whole Alleppey Turmeric must therefore be ground with a solid stone mortar and pestle. As ground turmeric is one of the most tampered with of all spices, buying it whole guarantees the quality and purity of an unadulterated product. Adds wonderful colour and flavour to curries, meat and veggie stews.
Along with being an excellent flavouring and colouring spice, turmeric is known in Aryvudic medicine as an antiseptic, an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Recent Western medical studies have indicated that consuming a combination of turmeric and black pepper on a regular basis stems the incidence of certain cancers.
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.