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Ingredient Of The Day: Cluster Eggplant

June 24, 2022

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, 2022

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, 2022

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: Bergamot Mint

June 21, 2022

Bergamot Mint is one of the many varieties of mint. It has an astringent-citrus-smoky-minty-slightly bitter flavor and can be used for dessert dishes, garnish, and cocktails.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: New Mexico Green Chile Pepper

June 20, 2022

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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Ingredient Of The Day: Smoked Sea Salt

June 19, 2022

Smoked Sea Salt is a flaky salt that has been smoked. This specialty salt has a smoky-salty flavor and is best used as a finishing salt and for a garnish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Red Velvet Apricot

June 18, 2022

The Red Velvet Apricot, aka Black Velvet Apricot, is a plum-apricot hybrid with a sweet-fruity flavor. Use for out-of-hand eating, and in baked goods, chutney, compote, and jam.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Lollipop Kale Sprout

June 17, 2022

The Lollipop Kale Sprout, aka Kalettes, is a Brussels Sprouts and Kale hybrid. Blanch or sauté to bring out their earthy-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and use as a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Purple Tomatillo

June 16, 2022

The Purple Tomatillo, aka Purple Husk Tomato, can be used like regular Tomatillo in relish, salsa, soup, and stew. They have an acidic-fruity-tart flavor and gelatinous texture.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Popcorn Shoot

June 15, 2022

The Popcorn Shoot, aka Corn Shoots or Popcorn Microgreens, is a sprout that needs to be grown away from the sun. They have a buttery-sweet flavor and a crunchy texture and are best used as a garnish to highlight their uniqueness.…

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