In a nutshell: These remarkable rare wild peppers, from distant spice islands like Sumatra and Madagascar, India and Thailand, will change your pepper palettes forever!
All these delectable peppers can be used crushed or ground and are great to experiment with on all sort of dishes.
Tribal Back and Green pepper are both grown from the original rootstock of wild pepper vines found in the jungle of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. Local Tribal people who have inhabitated this area of the Cardamom Hills for a very long time still cultivate and seek out the rambling jungle vines.
Andaliman is a surprising and rare wild Indonesian pepper with a wonderful lemon flavour and is ideal with fish, seafood and poultry dishes. For centuries, the Bataks of North Sumatra have cultivated Andaliman as their staple pepper used in much the same way that we use black pepper everyday in the West.
Wild Voatsiperifery pepper (piper borbonense), distinguishable by its curved tail, is a truly unique wild Cubeb pepper sourced from Madagascar. Despite it's rarity, many adventurous chefs are discovering the joys of it's incredibly aromatic and complex flavour profile and using it in their recipes.
Mah Kwan, another extremely rare pepper grows wild in northern Thailand. Like its close relatives, Sichuan and Sansho peppers, it has a peppery and numbing effect on the tongue but also carries a powerful and delectable mandarin flavour. Try crushing it with galangal,Thai basil, chilli, fish sauce and lemon grass as a base sauce or dip for your own Thai-style dishes.
Details 5 tins: Andaliman Wild Pepper (10g) + Tribal Black Pepper (60g) + Tribal Green Pepper (25g) + Mah Kwan Wild Thai Pepper (30g) + Wild Voatsiperifery Pepper (40g)
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.