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Category: Ingredient Spotlight

Ingredient Of The Day: Beluga Lentil

September 27, 2018

Beluga Lentil, aka Black Lentil, is a variety of lentil with an earthy flavor and a firm texture. Use for salads, soup, and stew. They get their name because they are small, black, and round like Beluga Caviar.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Black Walnut

September 26, 2018

The Black Walnut, or American Walnut, is a golf ball sized walnut with a very hard shell that makes it difficult to extract the meat. They have an astringent-bitter-earthy-nutty-slightly sweet-slightly bitter flavor and dry-firm texture. They can be used in sweet and savory applications such as baked goods and desserts, Pesto Sauce, salad, sauce, or …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Melissa Fig

September 25, 2018

The Melissa Fig is one of the many varieties of figs that are available during the autumn season. They have an aromatic-fruity-sweet-jam like flavor and are used for chutney, compote, jam, and salad.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Hedgehog Mushroom

September 24, 2018

The Hedgehog Mushroom, or Sweet Tooth Mushroom, is similar to the Chanterelle Mushroom and White Chanterelle Mushroom. They have an earthy flavor and dry-firm texture and are used in Risotto, pasta dishes, sauce, soup, stew, and vegetable side dishes.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Oaxaca Red Shelling Bean

September 23, 2018

The Fresh Oaxaca Red Shelling Bean is an heirloom variety of shelling bean from Oaxaca, Mexico. They are typically boiled or braised and used for soup, stew, salad, and vegetable side dish. They have a nutty-earthy-slightly sweet flavor and firm texture that becomes tender after about 20-35 minutes of cooking.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Scarlet Runner Bean Flower

September 22, 2018

The Scarlet Runner Bean Flower grows on the runner bean plants and are used in a salad or as a garnish. They have an earthy-floral-slightly sweet flavor and a crunchy-tender texture.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Fresh Rattlesnake Bean

September 21, 2018

The Fresh Rattlesnake Bean is similar to a Green Bean with purple and green coloring. They have a vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and crisp-firm-tender texture. Use for crudités, salad, and a vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Malanga Root

September 20, 2018

The Malanga Root is a root vegetable with a white and pink interior and can range in size from a golf ball to larger than a baseball. The rough skin needs to be peeled to reveal the flesh that has an earthy-nutty-slightly sweet flavor and starchy texture. They need to be cooked and are used …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Bloomsdale Spinach

September 19, 2018

Bloomsdale Spinach is a dense specialty variety of spinach and can be used cooked or raw as a salad green or braising green. The greens have a grassy-sweet-vegetal flavor and crisp-crunchy texture and are used in Risotto, soup, salad, and vegetable side dishes.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Ramp Bulb

September 18, 2018

The Ramp Bulb, aka Ramp Clove or Wild Leek Bulb, are a mature Ramp and they are similar to a Shallot. They have a pungent-strong-earthy flavor and can be used for Aïoli, Pesto Sauce, Risotto, sauce, soup, stew, and vinaigrette.…

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