A perennial tuber from south America which looks like a potato, grows like a Jerusalem artichoke, and tastes a bit like a pear. In French named “poire de terre”, Yacon is also refreshingly juicy. “Yacon” means “water root” in the Inca language and its tubers were historically highly valued as a wild source of thirst-quenching refreshment for travellers. The liquid can also be drawn off and concentrated to produce yacon syrup. As with Jerusalem artichokes, yacon tubers are rich in an indigestible sugar – inulin – meaning that the syrup they form has all the sweetness of honey or other plant-derived sweeteners like maple syrup, but without the calories. Yacon also benefits the bacteria in the intestinal tract and colon that boost the immune system and aid digestion. This potential as a dietary aid and as a source of sweetness for diabetics has led to yacon being grown more widely, especially in the USA.
Fresh out of the ground yacon is very much like a baking potato to look at. However its flavour is a little strange for what you might expect from an underground tuber – it’s like a sweet cross between early apples, watermelon and very mild celery, with a touch of pear. Mildly flavoured raw when first dug, it’s the texture as much as the taste which sets yacon apart. The tubers have that fine texture of water chestnuts. They don’t quite collapse as such – they’ve more resistance than that – but, like a very fine sorbet, they do sort of give in.
Laurent Berrurier cultivates his vegetables from île-de-France with great success. He is the only market gardener who belong to the Académie culinaire de France. He was the recent finalist in the fourth edition île-de-France Heritage Prize of regional food innovation competition. The gardener is well-known to Parisian Chefs and is also a proud supplier for Chef Yannick Alléno. Laurent Berrurier is specialist in the production of forgotten vegetables from Ile-de-France. Cabbages, asparagus, leeks, dandelions, the market gardener supplies his entire production to the great Parisian chefs. There are over 200 varieties of vegetables in all.
We are very proud to get those natural jewels selected by Laurent and delivered to your doorstep.
Bouquet garni, which is French for “garnished bouquet,” is a classic herb mixture used for preparing stocks, soups, casseroles, meats, and vegetables. It traditionally comprises a few sprigs of thyme, rosemary and a bay leaf. These herbs may be bundled into a strip of leek or a piece of celery stalk, or tied in a muslin bag or with string, to keep them together during cooking and allow easy removal before serving. Using a bouquet garni instead of simply adding the herbs to your dish helps with flavor, texture, convenience, and presentation. Fresh herbs will get soggy and often discolor when left to cook for a long time, and dry herbs are not the most attractive when floating at the top of a finished dish. Bundling up the herbs—whether dried or fresh—also makes for easy removal.
The cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, along with squash and different kinds of melon. Cucumbers are high in water and low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
Origin: France or Spain Packaging: Wooden crate or carton Storage: in the crisper 3 days after receiving your order. wash it before using it. Usage: in addition to any salad, in juice (add some lemon and ginger), with a special sauce cream + shallots + vinegar
This organic garlic has rich garlic flavor & a lingering heat that softens & sweetens when cooked.
Price is per 250g
Origin: France or Spain Packaging: Tray Storage: mesh bag is ideal. In hot or humid areas, garlic may be best stored in the fridge to avoid the humidity; it isn’t ideal, as the flavour is diminished. For longer storage, garlic may be easily frozen. Usage: We love White in our pesto, sauces & roasts.
As members of the onion family, Organic Shallots are tender in texture, mild in flavor (less pungent than the onion), and quick cooking. Since each head is made up of several cloves, Shallots often resemble garlic rather than onions.
Price is discounted if you purchase bigger quantity.
Origin: France Packaging: Kraft bag Storage: mesh bag is ideal. In hot or humid areas, shallots may be best stored in the fridge to avoid the humidity; it isn’t ideal, as the flavour is diminished. For longer storage, shallots may be easily frozen. Usage: We love White in any sauce, to season salads,
Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, protein, copper, potassium, zinc and selenium. All essential minerals to a healthy diet. Mushrooms are also a rich in dietary fiber and are low in both saturated and unsaturated fat. Dietary fiber helps stimulate digestion, relieving constipation problems.
Origin: France or Netherland Packaging: Kraft bag Storage: in the fridge up to 1 week Usage: Excellent in salad or cooked to go along with your favourite pasta or rice dish