In a nutshell: They may look wrinkled but these versatile smoked chillies are packed with fruity flavour.
The real deal! These large brown and wrinkled chillies are not to be confused with mora chillies, which are often marketed as chipotle. These very well smoked chillies are notorious for their versatility.
True chipotle grandes are made from a special variety of large, ripe Jalapeño that is much meatier and fruitier than regular jalapeños. The chipotle grande chilli, also known in Mexico as the ‘meco,’ can be used flaked or ground in a host of recipes, or dry toasted in a pan and then rehydrated to prepare an all-purpose smoked chilli paste. The seeds of the chipotle grande are usually left in the pod.
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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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