Chipotle chilies are dried, smoked jalapenos that have a smoky sweet flavour. I’ve only seen them sold in cans with adobo sauce (a tangy red sauce), but apparently, they can also be found dried or pickled.
Explore International Flavours!
Trying new recipes often means cooking with an unfamiliar ingredient or two. I’m slowly building this section to help you learn more about ingredients that you might not be familiar with. If there’s something you’d like to see here, let me know!
Miso paste is made from fermented cooked soybeans. It has a consistency similar to peanut butter, and a strong, salty flavour (although low-salt varieties do exist). This Japanese staples ingredient is available in a variety of colours and flavours, ranging from light-coloured and mild, to dark-coloured and pungent.
Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit that looks similar to grapefruit, but with a milder flavour. The flesh of a pomelo can range from light yellow to bright pink, and the pulp can vary from juicy (although less juicy than other citrus fruits) to slightly dry.
Star Anise is a unique spice that has a sweet anise flavour. Learn more about this spice, including where to buy it and how to cook with it! Star Anise is, by far, the prettiest spice in my cupboard. These fragrant little pods look more like delicate wood carvings than something you would cook with! […]
Taro root is a starchy vegetable that is native to tropical areas, and is often used in Caribbean, Polynesian and African cuisine. When cooked, it takes on a potato-like texture, with a slightly nutty and earthy flavour.
Umeboshi are pickled plums, which are used as a condiment in Japanese cuisine. These pickled plums have a tart flavour and are extremely salty!