Italian Black Summer Truffles
Black summer truffles are more subtle than the winter variety. Shave truffle over cooked potatoes, toss with herbs and a shallot vinaigrette. Thinly shave truffle over scrambled eggs.
It is the only lettuce type that does not occur in red form as well as green. Iceberg is the given name to dozens of cultivars of lettuce, all of which are adapted to specific planting regions and time periods.
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Cinnamon basil is best suited in temperate climates as a summer crop.
Cinnamon basil, AKA Mexican Spice basil, is a cultivar of sweet basil containing cinnamite, a chemical compound that gives it its concentrated cinnamon flavor and intense aroma.
The Cinnamon basil plant can grow up to both three feet tall and three feet wide. It has small thin serrated green leaves with contrasting pale violet-colored stems and lavender spiked flowers. As its name suggests, cinnamon basil has warm cinnamon properties throughout its composition. Its cultivated primarily for its leaves, which have a spice quality within culinary uses.
Cinnamon basil is found primarily as a table garnish and savory element to raw dishes, soups, hot drinks and infused oils. Add chopped fresh cinnamon basil to pumpkin pie filling as an alternative to ground, dried cinnamon. Steep cinnamon basil leaves in water and sugar, bring to a boil to infuse and use this simple syrup to flavor whipped creams or dessert. Puree Cinnamon basil with garlic and olive oil for pesto and use to top fresh pasta. Blend Cinnamon basil leaves with heavy cream and beat until desired whipped cream consistency, then top brownies or pie. Cinnamon basil is delicate and should be used immediately upon purchase. Store dry and refrigerated for up to a week.
Cinnamon basil is known as bai manglak in Thailand where the leaves are preferred as an aromatic element to fresh and steamed dishes. The seeds of the cinnamon basil plant are used as a thickening agent but they do not share the aromatics of the leaves.
Recipes that include Cinnamon Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Ramona's Basil Garden||Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie|
|Ramona's Basil Garden||Cinnamon Basil Baked Cranberry Sauce|
|My Culinary Sanctuary||Homemade Brownies with Cinnamon Basil Mousse and Cinnamon Basil Whipped Cream|