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Ingredient Of The Day: Buddha’s Hand Citron

November 4, 2019

Buddha’s Hand Citron, aka Finger Citron and Fingered Citron, is a very dramatic looking citrus. It is only used for its zest which has an aromatic-sour-strong flavor. You can candy the peel and use as a garish for desserts or make a syrup that is good for cocktails and desserts or use the zest for vinaigrette, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Red Swan Bean

November 3, 2019

The Red Swan Bean is a stringless bean similar to a Romano Bean and they loose their beautiful purple-green color after being cooked. They have an earthy-vegetal-slightly sweet flavor and a crisp-firm texture and can be used for crudités, salad, and vegetable side dish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Blewit Mushroom

November 2, 2019

The Blewit Mushroom, aka Blue Foot Mushroom, Pied Bleu Mushroom and Woodblewit, is an autumn fungus with a mild-earthy flavor. The specialty fungus is used in Risotto, pasta dish, sauce, soup, stir-fry, and vegetable side dish. They can be baked, braised, roasted and sautéed.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Amahyakume Persimmon

November 1, 2019

Amahyakume Persimmon is a specialty variety with a sweet-tangy flavor and creamy texture and needs to be used when it is very ripe. Use for baked goods like flans and custards, cakes and muffins, and jams and preserves.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Water Caltrop

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! The Water Caltrop, aka Bat Nut, Buffalo Nut, and Devil Pod, is a type of nut that is similar to a Water Chestnut. They have a mild-nutty flavor and fibrous-starchy texture and need to be cracked open to get to the flesh. Boil, simmer, or roast and use for a snack, in a stir-fry, …

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Ingredient Of The Day: Chinese Date

October 30, 2019

Chinese Date, aka Jujube or Red Date, is a small marble sized brown and yellow tropical fruit with a small pit in the center. They have an acidic-slightly sweet flavor and a dry-mealy texture. Use for baked goods, chutney, compote, and jam.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Golden Kiwi

October 29, 2019

The Golden Kiwi, aka Gold Kiwi, has a similar flavor to regular Kiwi but a little more sweet and less tart. Use for out-of-hand eating, in dessert dishes, salad, and salsa.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Corn Smut

October 28, 2019

Corn Smut, aka Corn Truffle, Cuitlacoche or Huitlacoche, and Maize Mushroom, is a fungus that grows on corn after it rains. It is considered a delicacy and can be used in Risotto, sauce, soup, stew, and Latin dishes. It has a musty-smoky-sweet flavor and tender-woody texture.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Cauliflower Mushroom

October 27, 2019

The Cauliflower Mushroom is a golfball to softball sized fungus with an earthy-musty flavor and crunchy texture. Use for a pasta dish, Risotto, soup, and stew.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Tamarillo

October 26, 2019

Tamarillo is a tropical fruit that comes in red and golden colors and its size is a little larger than an egg with a teardrop shape. The seeds are edible but the skin is way too bitter and needs to be removed. The red tamarillo has a sweet-tart-acidic flavor and the golden tamarillo is sweeter …

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