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Category: Ingredient Spotlight

Ingredient Of The Day: Fraises Des Bois Strawberry

July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day (4th of July)! The Fraises Des Bois Strawberry is a small delicate variety of Strawberry. They have a floral-sweet-tart flavor and because they are so delicate they are best used as a garnish or use them for a Strawberry Shortcake.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Red Corn

July 3, 2020

Red Corn, aka Elote and Indian Corn, is similar to regular corn but with a higher starch content. It has a nutty-sweet flavor and crisp-juicy-starchy texture. Use in soup, salad, stew, salsa, Succotash, and vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Romanesco Cauliflower

July 2, 2020

The Romanesco Cauliflower is an Italian variety of Cauliflower with a unique look that holds it shape after cooking. They have a musty-nutty flavor and firmer texture than regular cauliflower. Blanch, sauté, steam, roast, or use raw for crudités, salad, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Flying Saucer Squash

July 1, 2020

The Flying Saucer Squash is an heirloom variety of summer squash with a mild-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor. Bake, braise, grill, fry, roast, sauté, or use raw for soup, stew, Risotto, Ratatouille, stir-fry, and tempura.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Wasabi Root

June 30, 2020

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, 2020

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: Blackberry

June 28, 2020

The Blackberry, or Bramble Berry, is a summer berry with a tart-slightly sweet flavor and tender-juicy texture. Use for baked goods and desserts such as cobbler, crisp, crumble, pie, cake, jam, compote, chutney, and a dessert sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Betel Leaf

June 27, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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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