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.
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Butternut Squash are bottle-shaped and have a finely textured bright orange flesh. Unlike Summer Squash, which are picked immaturely when the skins are tender, Butternut Squash have hard, thick skins. Thus, only the sweet flesh can be eaten. The delicious yellow meat is reminiscent of sweet potatoes and can actually replace them in most recipes.Butternut Squash is good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and iron. You can easily integrate this vegetable into your diet because they can be used in a variety of different ways, whether they are baked, steamed, pureed, or cooked in soups and stews. Origin: France Packaging: None Storage: The hard skin protects the flesh and allows it to store longer than summer squash. Store Butternut Squash in a cool, preferably dark, well-ventilated area for up to 3 weeks. Wrap cut pieces in plastic and refrigerate up to five days. Usage: Excellent to make vegetarian spaguetti
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.
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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,
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins K, C, and A, as well as folate and fiber. It is also a good source of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and the vitamins B6 and E.
Organic Broccoli is preferred for taste, health, and environmental reasons.
Origin: France Packaging: Kraft bag Storage: Keep unwashed fennel refrigerated for up to five days. Organic produce should not be stacked with non-organic produce. Usage: These delicious vegetables is delicious in association with fish. Braised, in risotto, there are many way to enjoy it!
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
Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they’re known as wet and their milky white kernels are mainly used for pickling. Far more common is the dried nut, either shelled or unshelled. The brown-skinned kernel has a ridged surface, which looks like two halves of the brain.
Origin: France Packaging: Wooden crate or carton Storage: in the fridge if you want to increase the shelf life. Usage: Slightly bitter in flavour, walnuts are good eaten raw or cooked, in either sweet or savoury dishes, and are particularly useful for baking..