Strawberry

Description This succulent, fragrant fruit is as beautiful as it is flavourful. Traditionally, part of the strawberry’s appeal is that its short, six-week season, from early June until mid-August, coincides with the brief, long-awaited British summer. These days, however, the British strawberry season extends from mid-April until mid-December, thanks to the increased use of plastic...
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Star Anise

Description Star anise is a spice obtained from an evergreen tree that grows in Vietnam and parts of China. The star shaped fruit is harvested and dried. Once dried it becomes reddish brown in colour. Usage Star anise has a liquorice-like taste. It is used a lot in Chinese cuisine to season slow cooked stews,...
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Soy Sauce

Description Soy Sauce is a common ingredient in Chinese cuisines. It is found in most other South East Asian cuisines as well. It is a condiment made from fermented of soybeans. Usage Soy sauce is a dark brown almost black liquid. It is extremely strong tasting, salty and earthy. It can be used to garnish...
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Snow Peas

Description Snow peas are a kind of legume. The pod looks like the green pea, but is significantly smaller and the peas inside are much smaller. The pod of the snow pea is eaten in entirety, and the peas themselves are extremely tiny. Thazey are most flavourful when young when they are light green and...
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Smoked Cheese

Description Smoked cheese is any cheese that has been specially treated by smoke-curing. It typically has a yellowish-brown outer skin. Usage It has a slightly granular texture, and a sharp, tangy, salty flavor, and is usually grated over other dishes, although it can be eaten plain. It is especially flavorful in melted dishes such as...
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Sichuan Pepper

Description This is a common Asian spice, which despite its name is not actually related to pepper. It is closer to the citrus family. The husks of the seeds are used for cooking. These husks are either used whole or ground into a powder. Usage Sichuan pepper is neither very spicy nor peppery, it has...
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Shiitake Mushrooms

Description Shitake Mushrooms are found in East Asia and used in Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines. They are regarded as a delicacy, not only for their flavour but also for their medicinal properties. Usage Both Fresh and dry shitake mushrooms are used in Asian cooking. The dry mushrooms are packages and sold world over...
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Sweet Corn

Description Sweet corn is a bright yellow coloured variety of maize that has high sugar content. It is usually picked when ripe; at which point the individual grains are plump and juicy. When this corn matures, it loses its sweetness and becomes dry. Usage Sweet corn has several different culinary uses. It is usually consumed...
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Sweet Potato

Description This is a starchy, sweet, root vegetable. Though its name suggests otherwise, the sweet potato has very little in common with the regular potato. It is said to have originally been harvested in South and Central America, but it is now used widely in many different cuisines around the world. It is a staple...
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Sherry

Description Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown in Spain. Most sherries are initially dry, with any sweetness being added later. Usage Once bottled, Sherry does not benefit from further aging and may be consumed immediately. Apart from drinking it can be also used while cooking fish, soup. Health benefits...
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