In a nutshell: Our dried Yuzu zest has the brilliant flavour of both mandarin and lemon and is the perfect finishing spice for seafood dishes like salmon tartare, soups and grilled chicken.
Yuzu is essential in Japanese cuisine, and you can now find yuzu juice in Japanese delis and some supermarkets. The fruit resembles a small grapefruit and its peel has a heady floral aroma that recalls both lemon and mandarin. In Japan, its found in the scented spice blend, Shichimi Togarashi, miso soups, fish and vegetable dishes. In Korea, they make a syrup with honey and sugar that can be diluted in boiling water with tea - this soothing tea is reputed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Our really special, dried and grated Japanese yuzu peel has an intense citrus aroma and flavour. Perfect as a finishing spice, sprinkle over grilled seafood, chicken and lamb, salads and soups. use it as you would grated lemon zest in salad dressings, marinades, salmon or tuna tartare and it's brilliant added to a meatball mix. It's also good in cakes, creams and desserts of all kinds.
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.