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Culinary News

Month: June 2019

Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Wasabi Root

June 30, 2019

Fresh Wasabi Root, or Japanese Horseradish, is hard to find but worth the search. It is similar to Horseradish Root with a nutty-pungent-medium spicy flavor. Grate it and use it as a garnish, in soup, sauce, Aïoli, sushi, vinaigrette and a bloody Mary cocktail.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Sunflower Petal

June 29, 2019

The Sunflower Petal is an edible part of the sunflower plant. They have a slightly bitter-grassy-vegetal flavor and they will add a pop of color to dishes. Use sparingly in salads or for a garnish because of the  slightly bitter flavor.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Black Garlic

June 28, 2019

Black Garlic, aka Fermented Garlic, is a variety of garlic that has gone through the process of fermentation to give it a smoky-strong-slightly sweet flavor. Use for soup, stew, sauce, Aïoli, vinaigrette, and most other applications that call for regular Garlic.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Betel Leaf

June 27, 2019

The Betel Leaf is used as an herb as well as a wrap to hold stuffed ingredients. They have an aromatic-musty-peppery-slightly bitter flavor. Use for soup or in Thai and Indian cuisines.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Baby Corn

June 26, 2019

Baby Corn is usually used whole by grilling, frying, sautéing, or steaming. They have a mild-slightly sweet flavor and crisp-crunchy texture and are used for soup, salad, stir-fry, tempura, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Pluot

June 25, 2019

The Pluot, aka Plumcot, is a plum-apricot hybrid with a sweet-fruity flavor and juicy-tender texture. Use for baked goods, dessert dishes, compote, jam, and out-of-hand eating.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Cluster Eggplant

June 24, 2019

The Cluster Eggplant is a unique variety of Eggplant that is small like a berry. They have a bitter-tart flavor and crunchy-firm texture and can be used for chutney, relish, salsa, and stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Mouse Melon

June 23, 2019

The Mouse Melon, aka cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber, Mexican sour gherkin, and watermelon gherkin cucumber, are a marble sized variety of cucumber. They have an earthy-salty-tart flavor and can be used in a salad or as a garnish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Sunflower Buds

June 22, 2019

The Sunflower Buds are sunflowers before they fully bloom. They can be sautéed or deep fried and used as a side dish. They have an astringent-floral-grassy-slightly bitter flavor with similar characteristics of the Artichoke.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: New Mexico Green Chile Pepper

June 20, 2019

The New Mexico Green Chile Pepper, aka Green Hatch Chile, is a specialty pepper from New Mexico. They are considered a delicacy and are usually roasted or smoked before they are used. They have an aromatic-earthy-fruity-slightly spicy flavor and they are used for salsa, sauce, soup, stew, and added to many dishes for flavor.…

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