Originally from the Huron community of Wendake in the Quebec region, Daniel Picard has traveled Quebec for more than 30 years in search of local First Nations products. In 2017, with his partner Patrice Dion, they created the company Les Épices du Guerrier to promote plants, herbs and spices from the indigenous terroir of Quebec.
It was initially a social project aimed at helping young people in need, and given the success of their presence at various events and festivals, they decided to officially create the company Les Épices du Guerrier.
In recent years, the company has been able to donate tens of thousands of dollars by participating in various fundraising activities and donating to several social causes such as food banks and youth centers, in addition to financing the purchase of equipment and construction of soccer fields in Ouagadougou in Africa.
One of our main ingredients, maple sugar, is a real treasure of our region! Discovered by Aboriginal peoples, maple sugar is an excellent source of energy and contains very few carbohydrates.
We also use Balsam Bayberry, a very capricious plant when it comes to harvest time and which grows only in the northern regions, whose taste and smell will amaze you, and which was once used by the First Nations as medicinal ingredient and insect repellent. Without forgetting our faithful Poivre des Dunes, still picked by hand today kitten by kitten, used in the past as an infusion to alleviate certain flu syndromes, and which today adds a little peppery and fragrant taste to a key.
Thus, by sharing the myths and reality of the First Nations of Quebec who have been using these raw materials for millennia, Les Épices du Guerrier allows a cultural incursion into the heart of the 11 Aboriginal nations of Quebec. From the traditional mixture to the famous boreal pepper with bacon, every gastronomy enthusiast will discover his favorite mixture in order to succeed in many recipes every time!
The unique climate of the region is composed of four distinct seasons and characterized by long, very cold and dry winters and short, cool and humid summers. This leads to significant periods of freezing and thawing, with extreme temperature differences that can easily vary by around sixty degrees between winter and summer.
With the rhythm of the seasons a slow transition occurs that brings significant changes throughout the territory. This is what makes it possible, among other things, to explain several natural phenomena that directly influence the flora of our regions, thus giving the unique character to our resources. It is therefore thanks to the climate of the boreal forest that maple trees produce sweet water, that certain plants and herbs can have a different flavor depending on the time of the season, etc. A real favorite with the public since their launch, the Spices of the Warrior quickly became a reference in terms of product quality and were immediately recognized as top-of-the-range and essential condiments to enhance the flavor of all dishes.