Ingredient of the Month

The Ingredient of the Month presentation offers downloadable tools featuring a different nutritional ingredient each month for chefs to incorporate into their menus and use in community events. The presentation provides an in-depth look at the ingredient, a delicious recipe, and a content-based quiz. Recipes range from simple recipes that kids can make to more detailed recipes for chefs. Download these tools, share with colleagues, and start creating your IOTM recipe collection.

New Ingredient of the Month

Horseradish

February 2023 - Horseradish

In Greek mythology, it’s considered to be worth its weight in gold and horseradish loving chefs agree! Originating in Eastern Europe, horseradish is a hardy, herbaceous member of the Brassicaceae family that has been cultivated for hundreds of years for both medicinal and culinary uses. With its pungent taste, horseradish can be used in many creative ways to pack in flavor without the worries of unnecessary fat and calories. Download the PowerPoint presentation and complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Plantains

January 2023 - Plantains

Although they grow in bunches and may look like bananas, they’re not! Native to Southeast Asia, plantains are grown in tropical regions and when fully ripe they taste like a slightly less-sweet banana. Plantains are an important part of many cuisines, but unlike technically being a fruit like bananas, they are most often cooked before consuming due to their starch content. No matter their stage of ripeness, chefs have created an imaginative list of uses for plantains. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Garlic cloves

December 2022 - Garlic

Records show that garlic has been cultivated in Mesopotamia for at least 4,000 years. Garlic is a perennial flowering plant grown from a bulb sometimes producing pink to purple flowers. Raw garlic has a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking. With the use of garlic on the rise, in both savory and some sweet dishes, the average person eats about two pounds of garlic each year. That equates to over 300 cloves! Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Mulberries

November 2022 - Mulberries

Contrary to the childhood song, mulberries grow on trees, not bushes. These fast-growing trees produce a massive amount of fruit each season, ranging in color from white to deep red to almost black. The berries have a mild flavor that is both tart and sweet. In most recipes, blackberries can be substituted for mulberries as they have similar flavor profiles. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Kiwifruit

October 2022 - Kiwi

The kiwifruit, or kiwi, is the edible berry of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia. Kiwi has a refreshingly citrus taste, with a touch of sweetness. The flesh has a creamy consistency with crunchy edible seeds. Although not commonly consumed, the skin is edible. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Bowl of pecans

September 2022 - Pecans

Pecans are the product of a species of Hickory trees known as Carya illinoinensis. The United States produces 80% of the world’s pecan crop. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Watercress

August 2022 - Watercress

Watercress has a unique peppery flavor but once cooked, the sharpness of watercress diminishes. Watercress is available year-round, but its peak season is from April until September. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Capers

July 2022 - Capers

Capers are the un-ripened flower buds of the caper bush. To make them palatable, the immature buds are either cured in salt or pickled in brine. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Cherries in bowl

June 2022 - Cherries

Cherries are classified as drupes or stone fruits. Their color ranges from yellow to deep red-black. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Tea leaves in bowl

May 2022 - Tea

The term tea refers to both the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and the beverage made from those leaves. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Lamb chops in a tray

April 2022 - Lamb

Sheep are one of mankind’s oldest domesticated animals, raised for meat, fiber and milk. Lamb is meat that comes from sheep that are less than one year old. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

Oats in a bowl

March 2022 - Oats

Oat is one of the major cereal grains produced worldwide. Oats are grown for both human and animal consumption. While oats have a bland, slightly earthy taste they also have a great ability to absorb the flavor of other ingredients. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF Online Learning Center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

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