In a nutshell: These Celery seeds are jam-packed with flavour for all your cooking needs and, of course, your Bloody Mary's and Celery salt!
With a broad, bitter background and the unmistakable vegetal nose of celery, our Indian celery seeds are packed with flavour. Celery Seed (Apium graveolens) has been an indispensable ingredient in European cooking for millennia. Used by the ancient Greeks and Romans in many dishes and found in Indian curries, Russian soups and French broths.
Celery was, in fact, eaten as a spice before it was eaten as a vegetable. It forms the base of many spice blends, ketchups, pickles, breads, and can even be used for Celery Seed dressing. Celery Seed can be eaten raw or cooked, whole or ground. Cooking Celery Seed reduces its bitterness, but leaving it whole imparts an interesting texture.
How to use
- Make a celery salt for dipping boiled quail eggs in or add to your Bloody Mary's.
- Add to a classic German-style potato salad
- Add to the liquid next time you poach some fish.
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.