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.
French sandy carrots also known as ‘Carotte de Sables’ are the very special vegetable found growing all along the beautiful coast of La Manche in a tiny coastal area in Normandy. Here, where Sand isn’t just for sandcastles, they use this favourite seaside town to grow a very special carrot.
Known in France as ‘carotte de sables’ or ‘sand carrots’, they are sweet, crunchy and slightly tender and grown using seaweed as their primary fertilizer. The sandy soil gives the carrots perfect drainage, they have little or no core and this results in excellent flavour. They are appreciated by the French as well as us as the very best variety of carrot and are sold with their light sand coating as proof of origin. They are more expensive than regular carrots, but that is expected once you have tasted them.
Origin: France Packaging: Kraft bag Storage: in the fridge. They can be kept at least 1 week at least. Usage: Raw or cooked, you will appreciate their amazing taste
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.
All fresh spinach can be eaten raw. You’ll need to cut it up as it will be tougher and stringy. Always eat raw vegetables whenever possible, as they won’t have lost any of their vitamins. Cooked spinash are delicious , especially mixed with fresh cheese or cream!
Origin: France Packaging: Wooden crate or carton Storage: in the crisper 2 to 3 days after receiving your order. wash it before using it.We advise to keep it in a close container or to put it in a plastic bag, blow air inside and close it in order to increase the shelf life and keep it crispy. Dry well the salad if you wash it before putting it in the fridge. Usage: Classic in salad with one of our premium oil and vinegar , and fresh goat cheese, brocciu, feta or smoked salmon. Wash them, shake the excess water off (if you plan to stir-fry it or eat it raw in a salad, you should pat it dry with kitchen paper, too). Older spinach may have tough stems – cut these off. If the rib of the leaf is particularly big, fold the leaf in half lengthways with the rib facing outwards, then tear it away from the leaf.
Did you know that the onion comes from Asia and in Ancient Egypt it was considered a talisman due to its qualities that are highly beneficial to health and for relieving numerous diseases? The onion is a product that we use daily in our kitchens; it is a fundamental part of our cuisine. More and more people are looking to consume products that are more beneficial for both their body and for the environment, and therefore, organic products are one of the major players in our diets today. Organic Yellow Onions are preferred for reasons of taste, health and the environment.
Origin: France Packaging: Tray Storage: Keep in mind that humidity breeds spoilage in dry onions. Store whole onions in a cool, dry place with good air circulation for up to two months Once cut, tightly wrap any unused onion in plastic, refrigerate and use within four days. Usage: These onions are a favorite in quiche, pizza, and onion soup and are great au gratin, fried, stir-fried, creamed, or stuffed.