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Ingredient Of The Day: Soyu Cucumber

October 11, 2022

The Soyu Cucumber is a summer and autumn cucumber that is completely edible. They have a fruity-mild flavor and crisp-crunchy texture. Use for salad, Gazpacho, garnish, and in a sandwich.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Asian Okra

October 10, 2022

Asian Okra goes by many names such as Chinese Okra, Loofa or Luffa, Silk Gourd, Singua, and Vegetable Sponge. They look like a Zucchini but have a closer consistency and taste to Green Okra. The texture is creamy-gelatinous-spongy-stringy and the flavor is mild and vegetal. Dredge and deep-fry for an appetizer or use in Cajun/ Creole and …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Date

October 9, 2022

The Fresh Date, aka Fresh Date Palm, is available in the early autumn and has a sweet flavor but not as sweet as dried dates. They have a small pit in the center and can be eaten as is or used for baked goods.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Red Forno Beet

October 8, 2022

The Red Forno Beet is red with an oblong shape. It is an heirloom variety of beet with an earthy-sweet flavor. Use like a regular Red Beet for salad, soup like Borscht, Risotto, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Yellow Romano Bean

October 7, 2022

The Yellow Romano Bean, aka Yellow Italian Flat Bean or Yellow Italian Pole Bean, is a fresh bean with a grassy-vegetal flavor and crisp-crunchy-firm-meaty texture. Blanch, steam, or sauté and use for crudités, salad, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chicken Of The Woods Mushroom

October 6, 2022

The Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms can grow up to 60 centimeters in width and it is best used when it is young and more tender. The chicken of the woods mushroom has a mild-earthy and slight chicken flavor and is best used sautéed for a side dish or in a Risotto, soup, stew, sauce, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chinese Artichoke

October 5, 2022

Chinese Artichoke, aka Crosne, Japanese Artichoke, and Knotroot, is a root vegetable with an earthy-nutty-slightly sweet flavor and a firm-crunchy texture. They can be eaten raw or cooked in a salad, soup, and stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Long Black Radish

October 4, 2022

The Long Black Radish, aka Long Black Spanish Radish, is an oblong variety of radish that is black on the outside and white on the inside. They have an earthy-mild-peppery-slightly spicy flavor and crisp-tender texture. Use for salad, soup, stir-fry, and crudités.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Green Tomato

October 3, 2022

The Green Tomato is an unripe tomato and they have an acidic-tart flavor and firm texture. They can be used like a Tomatillo for salsa, relish or sauce but are more commonly used for making Fried Green Tomatoes.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Adriatic Fig

October 2, 2022

The Adriatic Fig is a variety of fig with a green exterior and red interior. They have an aromatic-sweet flavor and creamy texture and can be used for out-of-hand-eating, compote, jam, preserves, and salad.…

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