Himalayan salt is predominantly sodium chloride 95-98%, contaminated with 2–3% polyhalite and small amounts of ten other minerals. The pink color is due to the presence of iron oxide. It is commonly used in cooking, in place of other table salt, in brining, and for bath salts. Blocks of salt are also used as serving dishes and in the cooking of meats and fish.
Via: The Meadow Portland, Oregon
Source: Punjab region of Pakistan
The name porcini means "piglets" in Italian. They're also known as the king bolete, cèpe (in French), Steinpilz (the "stone mushroom" in German), and a host of other fun names from all over the world. The Latin name is Boletus edulis.
Via: Diablo Foods Lafayette, California
AllStar Organics has been producing aromatic plants, edible flowers, and over 150 varieties of certified organic, specialty and heirloom crops since 1994. The AllStar line of certified organic dried herbs, spices, herbal salts and sugars are made to inspire experienced cooks and give confidence to those who are beginning to cook more creatively.
Source: AllStar Organics Woodacre, California
Gouda was first made in the environs of the town of Gouda back in the 6th century. Today 60% of all Dutch cheese production is Gouda cheese. The very best Gouda is what is called … Goudse Boerenkaas.
Marin Roots Farm, Jesse Kuhn
The heirloom variety, White Hailstorm radish, offers a bounty of pure white, round, crunchy roots. They’re early spring radishes with a surprisingly sweet and mild flavor, white spring.
Marin Roots Farm Marin County California
Their fennel salami is made from a recipe sourced from the “salami masters” in Tuscany, made with the finest fennel seeds, roasted to bring out the full flavor complete with a splash of full bodied red wine. A must for anybody who enjoys the fresh clean flavors of fennel.
Source: Forest Pig Charcuterie Kidderminster Worcestershire DY14 9DX
They salt the pork and let it rest for a few days than is macerated with a mixture of peppers and then stuffed and tied. Then follow a natural healing process, hung indoors with controlled temperature and humidity for two or three weeks. It is a very smooth and tasty meat product. Usually eat on toast or tomatoes.
Source: Cal Centro La Vilella Baixa Priorat, Spain
This untidy-looking, colourful cousin of broccoli can be used in much the same way. Leafier and deeper in colour than calabrese, it adds vibrancy and crunch to vegetable dishes.
This is Josey Baker’s stone ground wheat - it’s stone ground whole wheat flour, water, sourdough culture and sea salt. He uses his mill (the piece of equipment and namesake of the space) to grind all of their whole grain flour every day, and use the same sourdough starter that Josey got from his friend George’s Gramma.
Source: : The Mill San Francisco, Ca
Although shortbread was prepared during much of the 12th century, the refinement of shortbread is credited to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. The name of one of the most famous and most traditional forms of shortbread, petticoat tails, may have been named by Queen Mary. This type of shortbread was baked, cut into triangular wedges, and flavored with caraway seeds.
Shortbread was expensive and reserved as a luxury for special occasions such as Christmas, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve), and weddings. In Shetland, it is traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the entrance of her new house.
Source: Gordon & MacPhail, Elgin, Moray, Scotland
Sub Rosa Saucisson Provençal owes its delicate flavor and aroma to a subtle blend of dried herbs: savory, fennel, basil, thyme, and a touch of aromatic lavender. Rosé wine, white pepper and garlic complete the scene. This is just delicious, full of rich flavors. If you love salumi, you have to contact David and try it for yourself.
Source: Sub Rosa Salumi Artigianale Napa, California
His bread is baked in a wood oven in a bakery built under Louis XV in 1765. He uses raw materials and know-how that hasn’t changed since ancient times.
The Gascon bread, traditionally a country sourdough, has a thick crust which allows it to keeps fresh for almost a week. It is slow baked for an hour and a half per batch which forms the thick crust. It is because of this that the bread is naturally preserved for several days.
Source: Petrin at Moissac, Bordeaux, France
According to records kept by the Romans, they used a variety of meats, oysters, mussels and fish as filling and a mixture of flour, oil, and water to keep it in. This ‘pastry’ cover was not meant to be eaten and was thrown away.
The first takeaway fast food!
Source: Borough Market London, England
A cobnut is a cultivated variety of hazelnut. Humankind has enjoyed wild hazelnuts from long ago, and cultivated hazelnuts, sometimes known as filberts, have been grown in gardens and orchards since at least the 16th century. Children played an early version of ‘conkers’ with hazelnuts; the game was called cobnut or cobblenut, and the winning nut “the cob”.
When young, the green cobnuts have a taste very similar to coconut, and as they mature, they are much sweeter and juicier.
Source: Washbrooks Farm, Ebrington, UK
Via: Drinkwaters Chipping Campden, UK
The ‘Yellow Crimson’ has a yellow-colored flesh. It has been described as sweeter and more honey-flavored than the more popular red-flesh watermelon.
Melons originated in Africa and southwest Asia, but they gradually began to appear in Europe toward the end of the Roman Empire. Melons were among the earliest plants to be domesticated in both the Old and New Worlds.
Via: CSA Winters, California
Source:Terra Firma Farms Winters, California
It is a West Marin interpretation of the Basque sheeps milk cheeses you can buy from farmhouses in the Basque country. Txiki, which means “little” in Basque. A 1.5-pound tommette-sized cheese made from the same recipe as the 4- to 5-pound tomme Baserri . The shape produces a different relationship of paste to rind, and a more rapid aging. A must try.
Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, Kevin and Nancy Lunny
A deep-water upwelling just off the coast of Drakes Bay provides cool, nutrient- rich water year-round to Drake’s Estero. This clean, nutrient-rich water produces what are recognized as some of the finest oysters in the world.
Source: Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Inverness, California
Poussin is a butcher’s term for a young chicken, less than 28 days old and usually weighing 14–16 oz but not above 26 oz.
The Markthal, which is the first covered market in the Netherlands, is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This is one of the most amazing buildings dedicated to food I have ever seen, take a look and you will see why. Markthal
Source: Savel, Saint-Sébastien, 29870 Lannilis, France
Via: The Markthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
This is a kind of shortbread that is not very sweet. I was told it is server with cheese. Sometime call Butter Biscuits.
Source: Dean’s of Huntly Ltd Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Toluma Farms, Tomales Farmstead Cheese Company
Tamara Hicks and David Jablons
Kenne (pronounced “kennay”) is a farmstead cheese made entirely from goat’s milk – the word “kenne” is the term the area’s early inhabitants, the Miwoks, used for “one.” It has a dense, creamy texture and a delicate wrinkly rind, which are meant to conjure the Italian soft-ripened cheese La Tur, a favorite of the family’s. The high quality of the milk is perfectly showcased in the paste’s mild, slightly earthy flavors.
Source: Tomales Farmstead Cheese Company Tomales, California
True Grass Farms, Guido Frosini
The only grass-fed and finished Wagyu beef in California. Of Kobe renown, Wagyu is a Japanese breed of cattle developed with a focus on quality over quantity, a patient practice of slow-growth husbandry that results in meat that is marbled, high in essential fatty acids, and uniquely delicious.
Source: True Grass Farms Valley Ford, California
Star Route Farms, Warren Weber
Little Gem, or Sucrine, is a small lettuce often described as ‘a combination of Butter and Romaine’. It is crisp, like Romaine, and sweet, like Butter, but the texture and the flavor are still its own. Little Gem has a thinner stalk and thicker leaves which seem juicier and more substantial than any part of Romaine, and are more uniformly crisp. Little Gem tends toward a nutty flavor - walnut in particular - and a sweetness that is more reserved.
Source: Star Route Farms Bolinas California
Farmhouse goat cheese from the Midi-Toulousain region, topped with a fern leaf Pre-drainage is used to make this cheese, giving it the characteristic of a ’quenelle’, or dumpling.
Source: Jean d'Alos Fromager Affineur Bordeaux,France