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Dune pepper 50g


Sale price$95.12


Alder pepper, also called dune pepper in popular jargon, is a forest ingredient widely distributed in northern Quebec. This shrub, which can reach three meters high, produces catkins (botanical term) in place of flowers, this is the part that is harvested for use in haute cuisine. It can be eaten freshly picked or dried; it is generally found dry and whole on the market.

How does it taste?

Here we see a total absence of bitterness, giving way to a fairly pronounced sweet side. For some, its smell recalls the nostalgia of the Holiday Season with its smell of fresh fir. For others, it's the taste that can bring back childhood memories. Indeed, the taste of balsam fir shoots can recall the taste of cotton candy, but with a woody side and a certain freshness.

The answer is simple: everywhere, everywhere, everywhere!

  1. In recipes such as stocks, sauces and marinades
  2. In an all-purpose spice blend
  3. In drinks such as herbal tea, coffee, beer and gin
  4. In desserts! Like a chocolate tart or a maple tartlet
  5. To flavor an oil (infused oil)

* To try our Latte Forestier recipe, click here!

The virtues of crisp alder

It has been used to reduce fever, to stop bleeding and to reduce gas in the stomach. Like many resinous plants and trees, it has astringent and tonic properties, which promote a feeling of well-being and vigor. In addition, its essence has been extracted as a decoction to give to children with a weak appetite. On the other hand, it is considered an abortifacient, so it should be avoided in the first months of pregnancy to avoid complications.

Its natural environment

Dune pepper is found almost everywhere in eastern North America, especially in Canada. It likes moist, nutrient-poor soils, such as rocky sites, sandy areas, level terrain and mountains. The shrub also grows well near marshes, streams, lakes and rivers. It can be harvested throughout the winter months, but it is recommended to pick it in late fall so that it is at its peak flavor.

Ingredient: Wild alder (Alnus Viridis Crispa)



Book: Leaboeuf, Michel, Trees and forest plants of Quebec and the maritimes, Éditions Michel Quintin, 2007, 415p

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Dune pepper 50g
Dune pepper 50g Sale price$95.12

Biological •

Gluten free •

Vegan •

100% Natural •

Caffeine free •

Guess what?

Our blends are:

  • 100% natural
  • No added flavors
  • Without sugar
  • Vegan
  • Keto
  • Organic/wild-harvested
  • Gluten free
  • No theine/caffeine


Raw and precious

Rare ingredients from our northern forests.