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Ingredient Of The Day: Sea Bean

March 23, 2021

The Sea Bean, aka Glasswort, Samphire, and Sea Pickle, is a water vegetable that grows in the ocean. It has a grassy-salty-vegetal flavor and crunchy texture. It is best used as a garnish to add a splash of color, crunch, and salty flavor to a dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Longan

March 22, 2021

The Longan ranges in size from a grape to a plum with a hard shell that is easy to peel and a “freestone” pit. The Longan has a sweet-floral flavor and can be used for out-of-hand eating, in salad, or for a sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Horseradish Green

March 21, 2021

The Horseradish Green, aka Horseradish Rapini, is a green with a pungent-vegetal-peppery-slightly bitter-slightly spicy flavor. Use raw or cooked for salad, stir-fry, Pesto Sauce, and as a braising green.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fava Bean

March 20, 2021

The Fava Bean or Broad Bean is a fresh shelling bean that needs to be removed from the pod and then blanched to help remove the outer skin. They are labour intensive to prepare but worth the trouble. The Fava Beans have a grassy-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and can be used in salad, Risotto, pasta dish, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Water Spinach

March 19, 2021

Water Spinach, aka Chinese Spinach, River Spinach, and Swamp Cabbage, is a lettuce that can be used cooked and raw. It has a nutty-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and can be used for salad, soup, braising green, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Cinnamon Cap Mushroom

March 18, 2021

The Cinnamon Cap Mushroom, aka Forest Nameko Mushroom, is a small sized mushroom with an earthy-nutty flavor and gelatinous-slimy texture. Sauté and use in soup, stew, stir-fry, Risotto, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Savoy Cabbage

March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Corned Beef and cabbage is a popular dish on this day. Savoy Cabbage is one of the many varieties of cabbage and it has a mild-slightly sweet flavor. Use as a braising green, for a vegetable side dish, in soup, stew, salad, and stir-fry.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fiddlehead Fern

March 16, 2021

The Fiddlehead Fern, aka Bracken, Brake, and Ostrich Fern, is a type of edible fern that grows in the springtime. They have an earthy-grassy-vegetal flavor and crisp-firm-gelatinous texture. Blanch them first to remove any toxins and then sauté and use as a garnish or for a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Green Garlic

March 15, 2021

Green Garlic, or Spring Garlic are the shoots of the garlic bulb that grow in the springtime. You can use the whole shoot, they have a milder flavor than regular Garlic. They can be used in the same manner as garlic cloves for Aïoli, Pesto Sauce, Risotto, sauce, salsa, soup, and vinaigrette.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Sweet Lime

March 14, 2021

Sweet Lime is a variety of citrus with no acidity and a sweet-slightly bitter flavor. Use in sauce, vinaigrette, and for cocktails.…

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