Week 7: Cactus Pear

Cactus Pear, also known as Opuntia or prickly pear, is the fruit of cacti, native to the Americas, Mexico, Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean.

Taiyaki-feature

Week 6: Taiyaki

Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake originating from Japan but is widely popular in places like Korea (they call it bungeo-ppang).

Week 4: Quince Jam

Quince is a fruit that looks like a mix of an apple and a pear but it lacks their immediate edibility and appeal. Quince jam is a common and easy way to eat quince.

Week 3: Monaka

Monaka is a traditional Japanese dessert consisting of a sweet jam wrapped in two wafers. The jam is usually made of adzuki beans (also known as red beans), but can also be made of mochi, ice cream, chestnut paste, or sesame seed.

Week 2: Banana Flowers

Banana flowers, a purplish or maroon raindrop-shaped blossoms, are used in the cuisine of Southeast Asia and Central America. They are blossoms from banana trees and can grow into bananas.

Yuca con Chicharrón

Week 1: Yuca con Chicharrón

Yuca, also known as cassava, is a tube-shaped root vegetable common in Latin and Caribbean cooking. Yuca root is rich in fiber, vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Yuca fries are fried wedges with a light crunch, popular among Americans with Latin American heritage.

Yellow Mountain – Anhui, China

The first time I heard about Yellow Mountain (“Huangshan”) was when my dad showed me an old black-and-white photo in which he, a then-7-year-old boy, stood in front of a gray mountain and grinned widely.