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Ingredient Of The Day: Rainier Cherry

May 20, 2017

The Rainier Cherry is a variety of cherry with a sweet-tart flavor and juicy texture. Use in chutney, compote, jam, preserve, pies, sauce, and salad.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Scorpion Chile Pepper

May 19, 2017

The Scorpion Chile Pepper, or sometimes called the Trinidad Scorpion Chile Pepper, is considered one of the hottest peppers in the world. You will only feel heat when using this pepper and won’t be able to taste much of anything else. Use extreme caution when handling and using this pepper.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Hardneck Garlic Scrape

May 18, 2017

The Hardneck Garlic Scrape, aka hardneck garlic stem and hardneck garlic whistle, grow from the unharvested garlic bulbs. They can be used like Green Garlic and have a musty-peppery-pungent, strong flavor and work well in Hummus, sauces, and Pesto Sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Moringa Pod

May 17, 2017

The Moringa Pod, or Drumstick can be used as a vegetable when young. As they get older they grow seeds and the seeds can be used for other applications. The pods have a grassy-vegetal flavor and can be used for stew, soup, curry dishes, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Elderflower

May 16, 2017

The Elderflower is used as an edible flower or an herb. They have an anise-earthy-floral-fruity flavor and can be used as a garnish or to make a syrup, jam, preserve, or compote, and for a salad or cocktail.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Miner’s Lettuce

May 15, 2017

Miner’s lettuce, or Claytonia, is a delicate green with an earthy-grassy-vegetal flavor. The stem, leaves, and flowers are all edible and they grow wild in Northern California and can be used as a garnish, or in a sandwich or salad.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Wasabi Arugula

May 14, 2017

Wasabi Arugula is a hybrid variety that is similar to regular Arugula and is a cross between regular Arugula and Horseradish Green but with a more peppery flavor. It has an earthy-musty-vegetal-peppery flavor and can be used with Carpaccio, in a pasta dish, Risotto, salad, sandwich, and Pesto Sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Squash Blossom

May 13, 2017

The Squash Blossom, aka Squash Flower, Zucchini Blossom, and Zucchini Flower, is an edible flower that grows from the top of summer squash and Zucchini. Before using you want to pull out the stamen and then they can be chopped and added to a salad or used as a garnish. In Italy they are stuffed with a cheese and …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Sunshine Raspberry

May 12, 2017

The Sunshine Raspberry, or Yellow Raspberry, is a specialty variety of raspberry with a tart-slightly sweet flavor and are used in many desserts and baked goods similar to the red Raspberry. They can be used for chutney, jam, fruit purée, pie, and cobbler but they are best used as a garnish to show off their unique color.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Nettles

May 11, 2017

Nettles, or Stinging Nettles, are a braising green with a pungent-vegetal flavor. They do sting so you will want to handle them with gloves before cooking. Use in a Risotto, pasta dish, vegetable side dish, add to a soup, or purée for a nettles soup.…

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