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Melons A to Z: 26 Fun Facts about Melons
Melons, melons, melons. Here are 26 fun facts about melons that you never knew you didn't know, but should.
Tiger nuts
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Tap into Tiger Nuts
It’s time to go tiger nuts. Find out all about this dinky nutritional powerhouse that comes from the ground.
different types of beans
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17 Types of Beans To Spice Up Your Routine
You might think you know your different types of beans, but this handy guide may surprise you, as we take a look at 17 different kinds of beans.
Natto
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Discover Natto: Japan's Secret Soybean Superfood
Natto is one of Japan's hottest fermented superfoods. It can be an acquired taste that’s often best paired with other flavours, but natto is extremely nutritious and easy to make.
Garlic
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5 Benefits of Garlic and How to Take Advantage of Them
Garlic is better for your health than you might think, so here are some ways to use it
Coconut milk
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What a Way to Serve a Coconut
This street food vendor has some serious skills with a machete, cutting a coconut to reveal membrane-covered milk that looks like mozzarella.
Wood apple
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Ugly, Funky, and Tart: Have You Tried the Wood Apple Fruit?
Ever seen this smelly, moldy-looking, coconut-like fruit? The wood apple is a popular fruit in Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine with a dark brown flesh that is tart and sweet. Read all about it.
White Olives
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White Olives: The Rare Ancient Olive with Regal Roots
Ever seen these ivory white olives? This striking species that was once used in religious ceremonies and enjoyed by royalty is being re-introduced in pockets of the Mediterranean.
Black limes
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What is Black Dried Lime?
Black dried lime is an essential ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisines that can easily transform many dishes with its concentrated sour, astringent flavour. And it will last for years in your pantry.
Unusual greens
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10 Plants for New Flavors in Your Food
Leaves that taste like hummus, oysters and beans: these are not the usual sprouts you'd find at the supermarket. An innovative Dutch company is offering delicious greens to play with on the plate. Cooking with these plants will surprise you.
Black Salt
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Black Salt | Food Spotlight
Ever wondered why your attempt at a tofu scramble or vegan scrambled eggs always end up tasting a tad flat? Your serious
Burger
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Do You Know Who Invented the Burger?
Who is responsible for originally creating one of the most globally popular fast foods? A recipe uncovered from the 4th century AD points to the Romans!
White eggplants
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6 Unusual White Foods for the Curious Foodie
White food does not just mean potatoes, rice and bread. Play with the colour white in the kitchen with these lesser-known white foods.
Armoise Artemisia
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Introducing Artemisia arbotanum a.k.a the “cola plant”
Discover more about this aromatic shrub championed by two-Michelin-starred French chef, Christophe Hay, evoking childhood memories in his sorbets, coulis and gravy.
Different types of rice
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The different types of rice you need to know and cook
Stumped in the rice aisle? We break down the main varieties of rice you need to know for your green curry, sushi, pilaf, and mochi.
White sturgeon caviar
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This white caviar costs over $30,000 a kilo
The most precious caviar in the world is albino beluga sturgeon caviar and it is a white caviar. Find out more about this white 'black gold'.
White strawberries from Japan
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Berry obsessed: white strawberries from Japan
The Japanese have over 300 registered strawberry varieties, but the one we covet the most are these white strawberries. Read all about the juicy, plump, sweet white strawberries from Japan.
Atlantic Slippersnail
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The Atlantic Slippersnail: the sustainable seafood seducing US chefs
Discover more about Dan Barber's seafood culinary find and why it's known as the "candy of the sea."
Himalayan black salt
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The secret to next level vegan dishes: black salt that smells like rotten eggs
It goes by many names, Himalayan black salt, Indian black salt, kala namak, and it has a funky smell like rotten eggs. Find out how to use this special flavour enhancer in your vegan dishes and more.
Hákarl
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Curious delicacies: Hákarl
One of the dishes of traditional Icelandic cuisine is starting to appear in various ethnic stores and online: let’s discover its secrets and why it is one of those foods you either love or hate, with no half measures.
Koji
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Koji: The funky mold driving delicious
Discover the ancient microbe that'll put the umami magic into your menu. What is it and how to use it.
Baklava
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9 Tips to spotting the best Turkish baklava
How do you know you're getting the real deal when it comes to a golden slice of this crunchy Turkish sweet treat? We spoke to the folk at Istanbul's much loved baklava destination, Karaköy Güllüoğlu, to find out more.
Turnip tops
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Turnip tops: from Italian peasant food to British fine dining
It’s always reaffirming when a little known, ‘waste’ ingredient suddenly takes off and becomes a sought-after product for based solely on its flavour.
Monkfish liver
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Is monkfish liver the foie gras of the sea?
Discover more about this smooth seafood delicacy, popular in France and Japan, and known as the foie gras of the sea: what is it and how to eat it
Buddha hand
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8 Unusual fruits from around the world
There are more than 1,000 types of bananas, 7,000 varieties of apples and thousands of varieties of citrus fruit cultivated in our world.
Alternative flours
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From coffee to acorn, a guide to 4 alternative flours
Acorn flour, coffee flour, teff and cassava flour: four alternative flours that you need to know about now.
Black pudding
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Curious delicacies: black pudding
Love it or hate it: this English delicay made with pig's blood can not leave you indifferent. Discover the origins of black pudding and how to make it at home
Strange fruit
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8 fruits you've most likely never heard of
Blue banana, buddha's hand fruit that comes with a set of fingers, hala fruit that looks like an exploding planet, or custardy creamy eggnog fruit - how many of these have you tried?
Pressed caviar
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Fancy caviar? Pressed caviar lets you mold it, spread it and even grate it!
A stronger, more concentrated 'caviar' that's spreadable, mouldable, even grateable - pressed caviar is the stuff of caviar dreams. And it costs less too.
Cloudberries
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Rare, wild berries: cloudberries, aka lakka berries
Ever seen these small, peachy orange berries? Cloudberries are wild berries foraged in Nordic Countries, a delicacy enjoyed for a short season each year. Here's everything you need to know about them.
Chinese mitten crab
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Chinese mitten crab, the autumn classic in Eastern China
A closer look at Chinese mitten crab, a traditional autumn delicacy especially in Eastern China regions. Find out the truth to originate, select and make it at home.
The Jugged Hare's game afternoon tea
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How London's chefs are changing the... game
It's game season, not only in Uk. But how to renovate such a traditional food? Discover the creative menu options of these 5 chefs from London.
Cocoa Leaves
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How coca leaf is taking fine dining to a higher level
Even more top chefs in Latin America are using coca leaves in their menus both for their bitter notes and as an homage to the indigenous flavours of their lands. Discover more!
Green caviar or sea grapes
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Sea grapes is the garnish that your salad needs
They pop when you bite into them and they taste like the sea. They are also known as green caviar, but do not come from fish! Find out what sea grapes are and discover how to use them in your cooking.
Cheebab
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The vegetarian alternative to kebab
Cheebab was created in May 2018 and proved to be an instant hit.
Apple pie
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A guide to 12 apple varieties and what they are good for
Not sure which apples are best for baking, making sauce or eating raw? Here's a guide for 12 apple varieties and what to do with them.
Blue Caviar
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Discover the ocean-tasting Blue Caviar
Known as the sapphires of the ocean Blue Caviar are the roe of wild scampi caught in the deep waters in Western Australia.
Blue Caviar Wild Scampi Roe
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Blue Caviar, the sapphires of the ocean
Wild scampi caught off the west coast of Australia have naturally blue eggs that taste like a splash of salty water from the fresh ocean.
red apples
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Fall in love with the Redlove apple!
Red apples are not like any other apples. They’re not red outside, but also inside! Cut in half, the cross-section is shaped like a heart
Canistel Fruit
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Make a Lighter Egg(fruit)nog with Creamy Custardy Canistel, aka Eggfruit
Native to Mexico, the canistel is a creamy fruit that tastes like the yolk of a hardboiled egg and perfect for making cakes, pies, ice cream plus a different kind of eggnog.
redlove apple
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Redlove Apples will make you fall in love with apples again
A special variety from Switzerland, these tangy, sweet apples are blushed red both inside and out.
a table full of pastries
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A sweet tribute to New York by Dominique Ansel
Celebrating 15 years in New York, Dominique Ansel, creator of the Cronut, has developed a sweet tribute to the Big Apple.
Blue Bananas
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Blue Bananas are just bananas
Ever seen blue bananas before? Here they are and apparently they taste like vanilla ice-cream
Blue Java Banana, The Smooth Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream
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Blue Java Banana, The Smooth Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream
Ice cream banana, Hawaiian banana, Cenizo - the Blue Java banana goes by many names. Read about this banana that tastes like ice cream.
31 Red Fruits and Vegetables You Should be Eating
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20 Red Fruits and Vegetables You Should be Eating
Red fruits and vegetables are on the rise, with more people adding them to their diets. They have many health benefits, such as heart heath, and are rich in vitamins.
Beef Cuts
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Beef Cuts Explained: Your Ultimate Guide To Different Cuts of Beef
A beef cuts chart that will turn you into a master of meat. Never get stuck at the counter again wondering what beef to buy.
Different Types of Onions
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21 Types of Onions and How to Use Them
Get to know the different types of onions and exactly how to use them in the kitchen. From classic yellow onions to sweet vidalia onions, know them all.
Black Cabbage
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What is Black Cabbage?
Black cabbage: everything you need to know about this incredibly healthy Italian vegetable known as cavolo nero. Nutrition facts, uses and recipes.
Cherimoya from A to Z: 26 Things to Know
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Cherimoya from A to Z: 26 Things to Know
A list of cherimoya facts and figures you can't miss: varieties, nutritional facts and how to enjoy this tropical fruit at its best.
Turmeric Soda
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Have You Heard of Turmeric Soda? Here's How To Make It
Looking for a refreshing beverage that is also good for you? Try making your own turmeric soda. Find out how it's done and the benefits of drinking this elixir.
Plankton: What it is and How to Cook with it
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Plankton: What it is and How to Cook with it
Find out more about this nutritious microorganism that is predicted to hit restaurant menus in 2017: what it is, where to buy it and how to use it.
Guides for every cheese lover
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12 Go To Guides For Every Cheese Lover
Cheese lovers prepare to get your fill in these handy guides covering production techniques, flavour profiles, wine pairing and more.
Wagyu Beef
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The Price of Wagyu Beef: How Much Does it Cost?
There’s nothing quite like the taste and texture of real Wagyu beef. A little taste of this "Japanese Cow" can cost a small fortune, is it worth the price?
Burger Trends
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Burger Trends 2014 - What Do People Order the Most?
An infographic that looks at burger dining trends in London with info on favourite toppings, bread, meat and sauces.
25 Bacon Based Facts
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25 Bacon Based Facts
Bacon facts from the team at Friends Eat, 25 interesting things you may not know about bacon.
Bacon
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Bacon and Humanity
The love affair between bacon and humanity is ongoing and this infographic from Wren Kitchens out to prove it.
Sausage Guide
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The World Sausage Guide
A map of sausages around the world - a great look at the diversity of the mighty sausage from country to country.
Seasonal Summer Ingredients Infographic
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Seasonal Summer Ingredients - Infographic
A list of supper seasonal summer ingredients from strawberries and cherries to tomatoes and avocados - this is your summer shopping list.
Ice Cream
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The Ice Cream Infographic
An infographic packed full of juicy ice cream information, like the fact that it takes around 12 pounds of milk to make one gallon of ice cream.
Strawberries facts
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Strawberries: A Social Look
A look at the social mentions of strawberries across a range of different social media - from strawberry pins to instaberry snaps and tweets.
Chinese Tea Varieties
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Chinese Tea Varieties Explained
A breakdown of the many varieties of Chinese tea and the different processes applied to give each one their unique shape and flavor.
Grapes frozen
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Eiswein, The Sweet Winter Wine
Who ever said the grape harvest ends in October? The start of the year is the best time to pick the frozen grapes from which Eiswein (Ice Wine) is made
The Seasonal Fruit and Veg Chart
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The Seasonal Fruit and Veg Chart
A great chart from Health Central that offers up some useful tips on what fruits and vegetables to eat in each month of the year
Jamon vs Paleta Infographic
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Jamon vs Paleta Infographic
A look at the differences between jamon and paleta, two of the Spain's most popular cured hams
It Tastes a Bit Like Chicken
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It Tastes a Bit Like Chicken
An infographic circle chart that analyses data on what foods people describe as tasting like chicken
10 of The Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors
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10 of The Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors
A look at 10 of the wackiest and weird ice cream flavors on offer throughout the world - from chewy haggis flavor to medicines and breast milk
What's the Right Apple for The Job?
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What's the Right Apple for The Job?
There's many varieties of apple but did you know that certain ones are better suited to certain jobs
The Peanut Butter Infographic
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The Peanut Butter Infographic
Peanut Butter explained in detail with this fun infograph from the team over at Culinary Schools