In a nutshell: Indonesian red ginger is far more fragrant than the traditional ginger we are used to and will add some lovely peppery flavour to your curries and stir-fry's.
This traditional Indonesian ginger variety is smaller and has a stronger flavour than the traditional ginger we are used to seeing. Taking its name from the reddish skin of the fresh rhizome, it's just one of the varieties of the ginger family widely used in Indonesia and Asia for cooking and medicinal purposes. In Java, they make a traditional drink with red ginger, coconut milk, cinnamon and nutmeg served warm. Substitute for ginger in all your curries, where it's intense, peppery flavour will add some surprising aromas and heat to your dishes.
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.