You Can Eat It! The Curious Ones

The Curious Ones are things that don’t fit so neatly into the rough categories of sweet fruit or nourishing vegetables.

Saffron

Saffron

Saffron (Genus Crocus species sativus ) Saffron is a spice made from the female flower parts of a crocus flower. It is the world's most valuable spice, by weight, and is a famous part of Persian and South Asian cuisine. A single kilogram of saffron...
Wasabi

Wasabi

Wasabi (Genus Wasabia species japonica ) Wasabi is familiar to many in Australia as the green paste that comes with sushi. Its flavour is incredibly strong, and it's a Japanese plant that has been highly valued for centuries. Wasabia is a mountain...
Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

Hazelnut (Genus Corylus ) Hazelnuts are originally native to forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and are now primarily grow in Turkey, which produces three quarters of the world's supply. Almost five thousand years ago, Chinese scholars wrote...
Lemons

Lemons

Lemons (Genus Citrus ) Lemons and their distinctively tart flavour can be found in all manner of recipes. Lemons are originally native to the region where Burma, India, and China meet. When the Persians brought them westwards 1300 years ago, they were...
Chestnuts

Chestnuts

Chestnuts (Genus Castanea) Chestnuts are native to forests in the Northern Hemisphere, and the seeds of this tree have long been a staple food for many people in Eurasia and the Americas. They are one of the only tree-borne food that can rival cereal...
Hops

Hops

Hops (Genus Humulus species lupulus ) Hops are a climbing plant, originally from China, grown extensively for its use in beermaking. The female flowers, which superfically resemble small pine cones, have been added to beer in Western Europe since...

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