Épices de Cru Wild Caraway


In a nutshell: This Wild Caraway is foraged in Quebec and has an intense and nutty aroma.

Caraway originated in Europe and spread around North America in colonial herb gardens. It adapted to its new environs quickly and now grows wild in many regions of Quebec where this fragrant, and intense, wild caraway is foraged responsibly.

Wild caraway is considerably more complex and robust than in the farmed variety, so its generally used in smaller doses. It's great with game, cabbage (sauerkraut, for example) or potatoes. It’s also a great way to kick up a soup or grilled vegetables.

Our wild caraway is hand harvested by in Quebec. The seed pods are dried, then beaten to release the precious spice.

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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