You know it’s springtime when ramps are back! This member of the allium family signals the beginning of all the good things coming soon.
The flavor, a combination of onions and strong garlic, is adaptable to almost any food style. All parts of ramps, also called wild leeks, are edible, and while they’re traditionally served fried in bacon fat with eggs and/or potatoes, ramps can be used in most any dish in place of onions and garlic. They can also be pickled allowing you to extend your enjoyment.
There are no two ways about it: Ramps are simply the best-tasting member of the entire onion family, wild or commercial. If you like onions and garlic, you’ll love ramps!
Cherries are one of nature’s most amazing foods! They not only taste wonderful, but also provide an array of health benefits. Cherries come in two varieties: sweet and tart. While both sweet and tart cherries are full of healthy antioxidants, it’s the tart varieties that really pack a healthful punch. Tart cherries and tart cherry juice have long been used in traditional and complementary medicine as treatments for arthritis, gout, muscle pain, diabetes, and any diseases associated with inflammation such as heart disease and arthritis.
In 2008 the University of Michigan conducted a study in which participants consumed one and a half servings (6 oz.) of tart cherries daily and showed increased antioxidant activity in their blood which reduced the risk factors for diabetes, cancer, inflammation, and heart disease which are all leading causes of death in the United States. The researchers found that the compounds responsible for these benefits are called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants and also give tart cherries their deep red color and tart taste.
With 98% of cherries consumed in the U.S. being grown in the U.S., cherries are readily available and easy to incorporate into every day meals. Throw a handful of dried tart cherries on your oatmeal or a salad, bake them in cookies and bars, and incorporate tart cherry juice into smoothies and shakes. Dried tart cherries can be used in place of raisins in almost any recipe and add a pop of flavor to any food. So grab a handful of dried tart cherries or drink a glass of cherry juice; they’re delicious ways to stay healthy and happy.
Salsa is such a ubiquitous product. There are literally hundreds, probably thousands, of choices when it comes to salsa. Brooklyn Salsas are in a league of their own.
At the Brooklyn Salsa Company the salsas are not for chip dipping only. We find new uses for them every day. The term salsa means sauce, think of them as an ingredient to be used in a variety of dishes or as a condiment.
The first five flavors are named after the five boroughs of New York. They range from mild to hot; familiar tomato based to tropical or curry. There is now a sixth flavor, “The Harvest” that is based on fall vegetables. More flavors are to come.
Most of the ingredients are sourced locally in the Hudson Valley. Any non-local ingredients are sourced from organic producers.
Add some wonderful spice to your life, try Brooklyn Salsa today!