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Ingredient Of The Day: French Prune

July 14, 2022

Happy Bastille Day! The French Prune is a small specialty variety of stone fruit from France. They have a floral-fruity-sweet flavor and firm-juicy-tender texture. Use for out-of-hand-eating, salad, baked goods and desserts.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Golden Ear Mushroom

July 13, 2022

The Golden Ear Mushroom, aka Orange Cloud Mushroom, Yellow Ear Mushroom, Yellow Brain Fungus, and Witch’s butter mushroom, is a bright spongy orange mushroom that looks like a brain. They have a mild-earthy flavor and gelatinous-spongy-rubbery texture. They must be cooked before using and can be baked, braised, roasted, and sautéd for soup, stew, pasta …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Opal Basil

July 12, 2022

Opal Basil, aka Purple Basil, is a specialty variety of basil with a floral-fruity-slightly sweet flavor. Use like you would regular Green Basil for Pesto Sauce, Caprese Salad, and as a garnish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Blackberry

July 11, 2022

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: Romanesco Cauliflower

July 10, 2022

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: Prickly Chayote Squash

July 9, 2022

The Prickly Chayote Squash is similar to the Chayote Squash but with a spiny skin. They have a very mild flavor and are used in dishes to absorb other flavors. Use in soup, stew, stir-fry, tempura, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Flowering Watercress

July 8, 2022

Flowering Watercress is a wild variety of Watercress with an aromatic-earthy-grassy-peppery-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor. Use raw or cooked for salad, sandwich, soup, and as a braising green.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Lemon Cucumber

July 7, 2022

The Lemon Cucumber gets its name because they look like a lemon in size and color. They have a mild-tangy-slightly sweet flavor and crisp-firm texture. Use them like regular Cucumbers for salad, soup, crudités, and salsa.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Flying Saucer Squash

July 6, 2022

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: Creole Tomato

July 5, 2022

The Creole Tomato is a variety of tomato from Louisiana. They are very sought after in the summertime and are sweet and juicy with little to no acidity. Use in salad, sandwich, sauce, soup, and stew.…

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