Ingredient Profile: Cabbage

Cabbage, for me, means winter. It is such a sturdy vegetable; it survives cold winters. When you eat cabbage while in season, everything that protects cabbage against cold works for you exactly the same way. That’s what we call seasonal eating. Types of Cabbage The most common types of cabbage are: • Green cabbage •… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Cabbage

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Ingredient Profile: Fennel

Fennel is a squat, bulbous vegetable which looks like cross between a celery heart and an onion. It has a sweet, anise-like flavour and its fronds resemble dill. Fronds are edible, by the way. So are the seeds. Fennel grows in abundance in the Mediterranean region, and is thus used widely in Italian cuisine. With… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Fennel

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Ingredient Profile: Cucumber by VegFusion

Ingredient Profile: Cucumber by VegFusion Cucumber is popular around the world for its fresh, cooling properties. Fresh cucumber is combined with yoghurt in India called raita, mixed with yoghurt and garlic in Turkey and Greece as a dip called Cacık and Tzatziki respectively. Cucumber Season Although cucumbers can be purchased all year round, locally grown… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Cucumber by VegFusion

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Ingredient Profile: Purslane or Green Purslane

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) comes from Portulaceae family and has many names like green purslane, pigweed, portulaca, kitchen-garden purslane, poor man’s spinach and munyeroo (Aboriginal term). Purslane is considered as a weed by many farmers. However, it is an edible succulent with a chewy texture and a mild, slightly lemony taste. Depending on the variety, the… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Purslane or Green Purslane

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Ingredient Profile: Avocados

Avocados have a long history and the diets of the Incas and Aztecs in the 16th century. In fact, traces of avocados have been found in excavations in Mexico that date way back to 7000 BC. It is said that avocado was once called ‘the alligator pear'. Perhaps it is because of its crocodile-like skin… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Avocados

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Ingredient Profile: Broccoli

Ingredient Profile: Broccoli Broccoli –botanical name is Brassica oleracea cv.italica—comes from the highly nutritious Brassica family and considered to be a cruciferous vegetable. Brassica family also includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach and chard. Origin Broccoli is originated from Italy more than 2000 years ago. From there, it spread throughout Europe and was introduced to the… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Broccoli

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Ingredient Profile: Tomatoes

Vegetable Profile: Tomatoes Origin of Tomatoes Tomatoes are native to Central America and had been brought to Europe by the Spaniards. However, Europeans initially thought that they were poisonous so they did not gain popularity for quite some time. They were right to a certain degree as tomatoes belong in nightshade family of plant and… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Tomatoes

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A Harbinger of Spring: Asparagus

A Harbinger of Spring: Asparagus  Asparagus is a tender stem vegetable belonging to the Asparagaceae family which is closely related to Liliaceae plants like garlic and onion. With its mildly pungent flavour, it has been recognised as a prized delicacy since ancient times. Origin of Asparagus Asparagus is is believed to be originated in the… Continue reading A Harbinger of Spring: Asparagus

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Ingredient Profile: Pine Mushroom

The first time I came across pine mushrooms was during the time we lived in Melbourne. We did most of our grocery shopping at Prahran market where there is a stall just for mushrooms. Damien Pike Wild Mushroom Specialist is the name and Damien is a mushroom expert. He was kind enough to take his… Continue reading Ingredient Profile: Pine Mushroom