In a nutshell: This rare spice has a floral aroma ideally suited to syrups, spirits and desserts.
Orris Root (rhizoma iridis) is a rare spice, actually the dried root of Iris flowers (either Iris Pallida or Iris Germanica) with a unique and enigmatic aroma, reminiscent of Parma violets and hay. It was a common ingredient in European cooking for thousands of years, but its culinary popularity is now eclipsed by its alleged use in perfumes such as the legendary Chanel No 5. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to scent their linen. It’s also used to flavour gin. Orris Root powder is still a common ingredient in Moroccan cooking, particularly in Ras el Hanout spice blends.
Our Orris roots are cultivated in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. After five years of flowering the Iris plant roots are dug up in August then peeled and sun-dried for several years.
It’s particularly good as an addition to spice blends. Its floral aroma enhances tajines or braised dishes, as well as syrups and cream-based desserts or try infusing spirits with it.
Also known as Iris germanica florentina, iris, iris root and florentine iris.
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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