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Ingredient Of The Day: Celtuce Root

October 16, 2017

Celtuce Root, aka Asparagus Lettuce Root or Celery Lettuce Root, is a tuber-root vegetable that can be used in soup, stew, gratin, and a vegetable side dish. They have an earthy-mild-salty flavor and firm-woody texture. The top leaves can also be used for other applications.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chocolate Persimmon

October 15, 2017

The Chocolate Persimmon is a specialty variety of Persimmon with a brown flesh. They can be eaten raw or used cooked for chutney or in baked goods such as cakes and muffins. The Chocolate Persimmon has a firm-juicy texture and astringent-fruity-sweet flavor that gets sweeter the more it ripens.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Asian Okra

October 14, 2017

Asian Okra, which goes by many names such as Chinese Okra, Loofa or Luffa, Silk Gourd, Singua, and Vegetable Sponge. They look like a Zucchini but have a closer consistency and taste to Green Okra. The texture is creamy-gelatinous-spongy-stringy and the flavor is mild and vegetal. Dredge and deep-fry for an appetizer or use in Indian dishes, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Purple Dragon Carrot

October 13, 2017

The Purple Dragon Carrot is an heirloom variety with a slightly sweet-earthy flavor and a crunchy texture. Use for crudités, salad, and vegetable side dish or highlight their unique color for garnishing a dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Green Tomato

October 12, 2017

The Green Tomato is an unripe tomato and they have an acidic-tart flavor and firm texture. They can be used like a Tomatillo for salsa, relish or sauce but are more commonly used for making Fried Green Tomatoes.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Calcot Onion

October 11, 2017

The Calçot Onion is an autumn-early winter onion that is similar to the White Spring Onion and has an earthy-aromatic-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor. This onion originated in Spain and is used as a garnish or for a salsa or sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chinese Date

October 10, 2017

Chinese Date, aka Jujube or Red Date, is a small marble sized brown and yellow tropical fruit with a small pit in the center. They have an acidic-slightly sweet flavor and a dry-mealy texture. Use for baked goods, chutney, compote, and jam.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Blewit Mushroom

October 9, 2017

The Blewit Mushroom, aka Blue Foot Mushroom, Pied Bleu Mushroom and Woodblewit, is an autumn fungus with a mild-earthy flavor. They are used in Risotto, pasta dish, sauce, soup, stir-fry, and vegetable side dish. They can be baked, braised, roasted and sautéed.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Red Forno Beet

October 8, 2017

The Red Forno Beet is red with an oblong shape. It is an heirloom variety of beet with an earthy-sweet flavor. Use like a regular Red Beet for salad, soup like Borscht, Risotto, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chinese Artichoke

October 7, 2017

Chinese Artichoke, aka Crosne, Japanese Artichoke, and Knotroot, is a root vegetable with an earthy-nutty-slightly sweet flavor and a firm-crunchy texture. They can be eaten raw or cooked in a salad, soup, and stew.…

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