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Culinary News

Month: October 2018

Ingredient Of The Day: Water Caltrop

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! The Water Caltrop, aka Bat Nut, Buffalo Nut, and Devil Pod, is a type of nut that is similar to a Water Chestnut. They have a mild-nutty flavor and fibrous-starchy texture and need to be cracked open to get to the flesh. Boil, simmer, or roast and use for a snack, in a stir-fry, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Calimyrna Fig

October 30, 2018

The Calimyrna Fig is a green variety of fig with an aromatic-fruity-sweet flavor and creamy texture. Use for out-of-hand eating or salad, or use for desserts and baked goods.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Cauliflower Mushroom

October 29, 2018

The Cauliflower Mushroom is a golfball to softball sized fungus with an earthy-musty flavor and crunchy texture. Use for a pasta dish, Risotto, soup, and stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Peruano Bean

October 28, 2018

The Peruano bean is a fresh shelling bean that is season in the autumn. They have a mild-buttery flavor and firm-tender-creamy texture and can be used in soup, stew, and a side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Tamarillo

October 27, 2018

Tamarillo is a tropical fruit that comes in red and golden colors and the size is a little larger then an egg with a teardrop shape. The seeds are edible but the skin is way too bitter and needs to be removed. The red tamarillo has a sweet-tart-acidic flavor and the golden tamarillo is sweeter …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Karinata Kale

October 26, 2018

Karinata Kale is a hybrid variety of Red Russian Kale and Red Mustard Green. It has an earthy-peppery-vegetal flavor and crisp-tender texture. Use cooked or raw for salad, Pesto Sauce, soup, stir-fry or for a braising green side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chinese Date

October 25, 2018

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: Corn Smut

October 24, 2018

Corn Smut, aka Corn Truffle, Cuitlacoche or Huitlacoche, and Maize Mushroom, is a fungus that grows on corn after it rains. It is considered a delicacy and can be used in Risotto, sauce, soup, stew, and Latin dishes. It has a musty-smoky-sweet flavor and tender-woody texture.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Calcot Onion

October 23, 2018

The Calçot Onion is an autumn/early winter onion. It 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: White Pomegranate

October 22, 2018

The White Pomegranate is similar to regular Pomegranate but with a sweeter flavor. Use the seeds for a garnish or in a salad, or use the juice for cocktails, vinaigrette, and marinade.…

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