Chefs with a garden are very common. Like duh! You always want to keep your food fresh! And by that we mean garden fresh ingredients. Of course, the usual arsenal under a chef’s garden are the usually staples like Rosemary, Thyme, Peppers and Basil, among others.
But you might want to expand that by keeping other ingredients to add to your increasing collection. And by that we don’t mean oriental flavors like ginger, lime and other ingredients you see in Asian cooking. This we mean plants that are not only beautiful to look at (definitely the conversation starters) but also would expand your cooking repertoire. Check them below now!
- Olive Tree
Like what the hell is new with Olive trees you shout? Comprar olivos! Time to grow up and stop getting your olives from the store or a farmer’s market! Grow them instead! If space permits or if you have a vacant lot, dig a hole now and plant and olive tree. Olives would always be indispensible because it is truly flexible and needed in cooking, from whole olives in martinis, to sliced olives in salads and please let us not forget olive oil. Yes, God bless olive oil.
- White Alpine Strawberries
Think sweeter strawberry taste with a kick of citrusy pineapple, now that’s awesome these are. Elevate your desserts to new heights with this in your garden! Imagine taking you strawberry shortcake, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry pies and all else strawberry to new and elegant heights!
Also referred to as a gourmet strawberry this are very easy to grow in beds and/or containers and bloom even more in the summer. However, it is advised that you freeze the seed before planting them.
- Watermelon Radish
Another fusion fruit right here, watermelon radish is nowhere your thinking off. Describe as a “mild almond-sweetness to it with a peppery kick”. Think peppery crunchy yet mildly sweet, add this to you salads ASAP because people would ask for more! It is more versatile than you think because it can be served hot or cold, raw or cooked (but we recommend grilling it) and is said to pair well with soft cheeses such as chèvre and feta but it also goes well with apples, cucumbers and other greens.
And don’t forget the dressing! Vinaigrettes and creamy ones and for protein it’s best with bacon and white fish. You can even take this Asian-style as it can complement with noodles such as udon and soba, texture-wise.
- Broccoli Romanesco
Probably the most hipster of the list, this vegetable taste good as well looks good. Don’t it let its nutty taste fool you, this plant ain’t no wallflower. Use it as an ingredient or statement piece in your kitchen it’s up to you! It looks like a cross between a broccoli and a trippy lectuce but really looks like a cactus, with it spikes and it’s shocking to know that most people like it raw too!
Consider these recipes and you’ll surely regret that you didn’t try cooking before. Learn more from Tienda.Augustajardin.