Sale price59 kr
Bitter Lemon
Pungent Ginger
Waxy Lemongrass
Hoa Binh, Vietnam
Da Bac Cooperative
August 2023
Pickup available at The Pepper Quest Smakstudio Usually ready in 2-4 days



The Pepper Quest Smakstudio

Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

Regeringsgatan 82
111 39 Stockholm

Maqaw, also known as Mountain Pepper, has an incredible lemony fragrance with a mix of lemongrass and lemon flavors with herbal and gingery undertones. The small pepper-like fruits grow on evergreen trees in the Lauraceae family and are native to Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

We really enjoy cooking with this spice as it really enhances the flavor of lemon with its own unique undertone. We have used it with lemon pasta, in grilled zucchini salads and BBQ chicken.

Our Maqaw is picked by the Da Bac Cooperative from the mountains of Hoa Binh. We source this spice together with Doi Spices who work closely with local farmers in Vietnam generating new livelihoods and markets for these communities.

Litsea cubeba, commonly known as maqaw or mountain pepper, is a small flowering tree native to Southern China, Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia. This evergreen tree belongs to the Lauraceae family and is famous for its aromatic and flavorful properties.
Maqaw is known for its lemony fragrance, resembling a blend of lemongrass and lemon with herbal and gingery undertones.

The dried fruits of Litsea cubeba resembles pepper-like fruits and are the primary source of its flavor. These small fruits contain essential oils that contribute to their unique taste. When crushed or ground, they release an intense lemony aroma and flavor.

Its history can be traced back centuries to its native regions of Southern China, Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The tree and its aromatic properties have been valued in traditional Chinese medicine and local cultures for generations.

With the expansion of trade and exploration, the knowledge of Litsea cubeba spread beyond its native regions. It gradually caught the attention of botanists and horticulturists in Europe and other parts of the world. The plant's adaptability to different climates and its appealing aromatic qualities led to its introduction and cultivation in various countries.

In cooking, Maqaw is used as a spice or seasoning to enhance the flavors of both savory and sweet dishes. It pairs well with seafood, poultry, vegetables, and light meats. Its lemony zest can be utilized in stir-fries, soups, marinades, dressings, and sauces, providing a delightful citrus twist to the overall taste.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate it into your culinary creations:
1. Infused oils: Create a fragrant infused oil by combining a carrier oil (such as olive or grapeseed oil) with crushed maqaw. Heat the mixture gently on low heat for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the oil has infused with the aroma, strain out the fruits and use the oil in dressings, marinades, or drizzle it over grilled vegetables.
2. Flavoring sauces and marinades: Crush or grind maqaw to release their citrusy aroma. Add the crushed fruits to sauces, marinades, or dressings for an extra burst of lemony flavor. It works well with seafood, poultry, and salads.
3. Seasoning in stir-fries: Sprinkle maqaw into your stir-fries or Asian-inspired dishes to infuse them with a zesty lemon flavor. It pairs exceptionally well with vegetables, tofu, and light meats.
4. Baking: Incorporate maqaw into your baked goods for a unique twist. Add a small amount of finely ground maqaw to cakes, cookies, or muffins to infuse them with a lemony fragrance.
Remember to start with small quantities and adjust to taste, as the flavor can be quite potent. Experiment with these cooking methods to explore the versatility and discover new ways to enhance the flavors of your culinary creations.

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