Finding new ingredients is always a thrill for me. Whether local or foreign, I always get excited when I come across something unusual, or otherwise previously unavailable in the local market. Even better if they are locally grown. Here are three items that I picked up in what may have looked a bit like a “drug drop” at a Makati mall parking lot… A few days before Christmas, I texted the proprietor of Kitchen Herbs Farm and asked if there was any chance I could get some produce on one of their regular runs to supply some of the city’s top restaurants. Luckily, the drop of time was just a few hours later, and I managed to get lots of greens and these three items. But I had to do the “pick-up” in the parking lot of Greenbelt, armed with my own scale. :) Up top, some dill weed flowers–both beautiful and possessing a slightly more intense dill flavor than just the leaves.
I also got the most amazing baby beets, some just as big as a grape tomato or small sineguelas fruit. The beet greens still attached, these were a great find… Note the relative size of the beets to the teaspoon in the photo.
Finally, I managed to get a kilo of the youngest carrots you have ever seen, and I knew immediately I had the makings of a wonderful salad or several salads over the holidays… Up next, a salad that uses all of these wonderful finds. If you are a restaurant or chef and curious about the other herbs, mini-vegetables and delicious greens available in wholesale quantities from Kitchen Herbs Garden, contact Gejo Jimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.