In a nutshell: This intense winter savory is perfect in soups and stews, with game and fish dishes, or even infused and drunk as an aromatic herbal tea.
Our Winter savory (Satureja montana) comes from Quebec, harvested fresh at the end of Autumn before the onset of the long Canadian winter months. Dried in-house, it has a much more intense flavour than other types of savory and is a perfect addition to a simple bean soup or stew. In Quebec they always add to meat pies. Combine it with sea salt, black pepper and butter then rub over a chicken or turkey crown before roasting. It’s also great with game and fish dishes. In Germany, its known as Bohnenkraut or the ‘bean herb’, and is said to help the digestion when eating hearty bean and meat soups. Add it to roast root vegetables, Tuscan bean soup, frittata’s and herbal teas. See our recipe for split pea and ham hock soup.
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.