In a nutshell: Our highly scented Indian cumin seeds are the best we've found and can be added to all sorts of dishes especially good for baking, marinades, sauces and salsas.
We couldn't live without cumin in the kitchen in our everyday cooking which is why we rate these superlative seeds so highly! Sourced in India, these are the best that money can buy, highly scented so a little goes a long way! Hand-harvested then threshed so the seeds can dry on cloths laid out in the sun before winnowing and grading. Cumin seeds are used all over the globe, especially in North Africa and the Middle East, Scandinavia, Germany and Middle Europe, Mexico, Spain and, of course, India. They spice breads and cakes, sauces and stir-fries. In Indonesia, they are combined with ginger and garlic and in Mexico with oregano and chillies. You'll want to add them into your repertoire, adding them to sauces and salsas, marinades, lentil and vegetable stews where their nutty flavour and texture can flourish. They are brilliant scattered over some roasted cauliflower.
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.