In a nutshell: Celebrated in Mexican cookery, these bay-like leaves are perfect in slow cooked stews, braised meats or bean dishes.
Used like a bay leaf, avocado leaves lend an authentic aroma to Mexican dishes. Common to central Mexican cookery, avocado leaves are used in slow-cooked dishes like bean dishes, braised meats, moles and tamales. The dried leaf is odourless. A pungent fragrance and flavour of aniseed is quickly released when avocado leaves are heated in a pan. Use whole or ground. Note that there are only a select few varieties of avocado whose leaves can be cooked with. Other varieties can be mildly toxic.
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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