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Ingredient Of The Day: Lily Bulb

November 10, 2017

The Lily Bulb is considered a delicacy and they have a sweet flavor and a crisp texture similar to Jícama.  The leaves are picked off from the bulb and used in salad and stir-fry, puréed for soup, or used as a garnish in savory and dessert dishes.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Salanova Lettuce

November 9, 2017

Salanova Lettuce is a tender lettuce that is used for salad. It can be found as Green Salanova Lettuce and Red Salanova Lettuce and has a mild-vegetal flavor and a crisp-crunchy texture. It is similar to a Little Gem Lettuce and Butterhead Lettuce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Honey Date

November 8, 2017

The Honey Date, aka Coconut Date, Cooking Date, and Palm Date, is similar to the Medjool Date with a sweet flavor and chewy texture. They can be eaten on their own or be used for baked goods and desserts such as cakes and muffins.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Choy Sum

November 7, 2017

Choy Sum, aka Chinese Flowering Cabbage and Pak Choy, is a braising green with a grassy-vegetal- slightly sweet- slightly bitter flavor. It can be used raw in salad but it is best when cooked for a stir-fry or vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Hoja Santa Leaf

November 6, 2017

Hoja Santa Leaf, aka Eared Pepper, Mexican Pepperleaf, Root Beer Plant, Sacred Pepper and Yerba Santa Leaf, is a large leaf that can be used as an herb, leaf vegetable or edible wrap. It has an anise-minty-peppery-slightly sweet flavor and is used in Mexican dishes like Mole, Pozole and Tamales and can also be used …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Buddha’s Hand Citron

November 5, 2017

Buddha’s Hand Citron, aka Finger Citron and Fingered Citron, is a very dramatic looking citrus. It is only used for its zest which has an aromatic-sour-strong flavor. You can candy the peel and use as a garish for desserts or make a syrup that is good for cocktails and desserts or use the zest for …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Red Swan Bean

November 4, 2017

The Red Swan Bean is a stringless bean similar to a Romano Bean and they loose their beautiful purple-green color after being cooked. They have an earthy-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and a crisp-firm texture and can be used for crudités, salad, and vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Manzanita Bolete Mushroom

November 3, 2017

The Manzanita Bolete Mushroom is similar to the Porcini Mushroom with an earthy-slightly sweet flavor. Braise, roast or sauté and use for a pasta dish, Risotto, soup and stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Purple Kohlrabi

November 2, 2017

Purple Kohlrabi, aka Purple Cabbage Turnip, is similar to Green Kohlrabi on the inside but slightly sweeter. They have an earthy-mild-slightly sweet flavor and firm-crunchy-juicy texture. Use raw for a salad or cook for soup, stew, and vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Quince

November 1, 2017

Quince, or Membrillo, is a firm autumn/winter fruit that needs to be cooked before using. It is very astringent and has an aromatic-tart flavor that gets sweeter once it is cooked. Use for chutney and compote, jams and preserves, baked goods, and to make Quince Paste.…

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