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.
Spring onions are most often utilized raw. The whole onion can be flash blanched and grilled, which brings out more the robust and sweet elements of the onions, and makes them a bolder pair for fish and meats
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Licorice basil is available during the summer season.
Licorice basil’s flavor is due to a chemical called anethole, an aromatic compound that occurs widely in nature in essential oils that are produced within the plant.
Licorice basil, a Western strain of Thai basil, is also known as anise basil as it has distinctive anise flavored qualities and aromatics. It is a lanky plant with pointed green leaves and signature burgundy tinted spiked flowers. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible. Unlike sweet basil, it is far more pungent making it one of the more intensely flavored and perfumed basil varieties.
Licorice basil leaves and flowers that are crushed will burst with intense basil and licorice aromas, making a fragrant and floral-spicy paste and condiment for multiple culinary uses. It is best mixed with other ingredients to tame its powerful one-dimensional notes.