Épices de Cru Silk Road Blend


In a nutshell: This complex blend is floral and fragrant, and will lift your lamb, chicken and pilaff recipes, desserts, cakes and teas to a completely new level.

An ancient and almost forgotten blend born at the crossroads of the Spice and Silk Roads where they collide with Indian, Chinese and Persian cuisines in Central Asia.

Our friends, Philippe and Ethné de Vienne discovered the Silk Road blend on a journey to Kashgar in northwestern China in search of rare spices. The blend contains Persian rose petals, saffron, Sichuan pepper, Chinese cardamom and Indian spices. Floral and fragrant, it is an ideal seasoning for lamb recipes and pilafs. The Silk Road blend is also delicious on chicken and lends itself well to dry fruits and nut mixes. Add to desserts, cakes and teas to lift them into the stratosphere!

Details 35g; Ingredients: fennel, ginger, cassia, cassia buds, cardamom, white pepper, rose, star anise, long pepper, Sichuan pepper, saffron, clove.

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.