The flower bud of a thistle plant in the sunflower family, artichokes have thorny points on their leaves which must be removed before eating. There are more than 100 varieties of artichokes worldwide, ranging from dark green to deep purple in color and from large spheres to long oval cylinders in shape.
While home cooks often use shallots interchangeably with onions in recipes (three to four shallots are equal to about one medium onion) their flavors are actually quite different. Shallots have a more subtle, sweet flavor that is less pungent than onions. Their complex flavor resembles a combination of both garlic and onion.
Interesting yet too often underrated, tahini is a go-to ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes. This simple paste made of finely ground sesame seeds and oil can be used to prepare dips, sauces, salad dressings and more.
The refreshing flavor of vanilla custard infused with dandelion root tea pairs wonderfully with the vibrant taste of fresh passion fruit. Serve it in a tart shell topped with coconut cream for a delightful summer dessert.