Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?

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Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?

Postby The Pepperer » Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:59 pm

I've been trying to find Cassia Buds for ages without luck, does anyone have a good source?

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Postby Scraggles » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:07 am

http://www.thespicehouse.com/product/pr ... a-Buds.php
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Results 1 - 100 of about 31,300 for "Chinese Cinnamon"

Results 1 - 100 of about 641 for "Cassia Buds" £.

Think a metasearchengine like www.dogpile.com might be better ?



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Postby craig1459 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:31 am

Search engines are boring - it's much better to share :D

um what are cassia buds and how would you use them? Like capers?


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Postby sally » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:37 am

craig1459 wrote:um what are cassia buds and how would you use them? Like capers?


Think mini cloves with a more subtle flavour



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Postby Kate Tiler » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:44 am

Sounds a little like the Schezuan (can't spell it...) pepper that I bought in my local Chinese supermarket in Nottingham - little red casings with tiny black beads in, you try crush it & give up & end up eating the red casings whole!

They had some wonderful spices & food products that I'd not seen there before, my current favourite is a packet of cooked chestnuts, vacuum packed, cooked & peeled, all soft & buttery, I'm dropping them into everything I cook and raiding the fridge for them! They were only a £1...


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Postby The Pepperer » Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:35 am

Yep, Cassia buds look a bit like cloves but have a distinct cassia taste, no relation to Szechuan Pepper I don't think (which is the fruit of the Priclky Ash tree).

The SpiceHouse looks good, but I would prefer something a bit more local
and Dogpile is good but didn't give me anybody actually selling them!

Think I'll have to do a trawl of the supermarkets in Chinatown!

I'm pretty sure that Cassia Buds are the "flour de canel" of medieval recipes, which has been translated as ground cinnamon, but given that "flour of Canel" and Canel are mentioned together in recipies gives me the notion that what they are calling for is "fleur de canel" - flower of cinnamon/cassia.



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Postby The Pepperer » Wed May 24, 2006 1:00 pm

Hurrah! I finally managed to get some Cassia buds, thanks to all those of you who offered contacts and possible sources :D .

They are amazing, with a beautiful intense, sweet Cassia taste, much more-so than even the best Cassia bark I've tasted.

I will now have a (very) small amount for sale at The Oyster Fayre, and the rest I'll be using to make up some new Hypocrass and Powdor Douce recipes.

Assuming they go well (and I'm sure they can't fail to), I'll arrange for a regular larger order with my supplier.

Andrew the Pepperer



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Postby Sophia » Thu Jun 01, 2006 6:43 pm

Andrew - I will be at Oyster Fayre and would like to reserve a small amount to try. Would also be interested in a pre-made hypocrass recipe, have found your poudres douce, fort et blanch invaluable.

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Postby The Pepperer » Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:11 am

Sophia - Have PM'd you.

And of course as usual anybody mentioning the Living History Forum, to me at the Oyster fayre, will get a discount :D




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