Ingredient of the Month

The Ingredient of the Month offers free downloadable tools featuring a new nutritional ingredient for chefs to incorporate into their menus and use in community events. The article provides an in-depth look at the nutrition ingredient, while the flyer and activity sheets are kid-friendly. 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 nutritional recipe collection.

New Ingredient of the Month

January 2022 - Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale. A single floret of cauliflower contains 10% of your daily recommended value of vitamin C. This makes it a better source for vitamin C than an orange. 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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December 2021 - Cranberries

The cranberry is native to the swamps and bogs of northeastern North America. Algonquian people introduced cranberries to starving English settlers in Massachusetts who incorporated the berries into traditional Thanksgiving feasts. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

November 2021 - Lavender

Lavender is a relative of mint, the lavender plant is adorned with pale violet flowers and silver-green leaves. Both the flowers and leaves can be eaten and have a pleasant yet slightly bitter flavor. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

October 2021 - Broccoli

In the United States, the average person consumes over five pounds of broccoli annually! Read the article to find out more about this popular vegetable. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

September 2021 - Pecans

There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. They are sold in several forms including whole pecans, pecan halves, pieces, granules and meal. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

August 2021 - Chickpeas

Chickpeas are pulses, which are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. They have a buttery texture and nutty taste. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

July 2021 - Guava

Guava is a fruit-bearing tree in the Myrtaceae family. Guava trees produce small five-petaled, white flowers that yield round, oval or pear-shaped berries. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

June 2021 - Cucumber

Cucumber is a creeping plant of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, widely cultivated for its edible fruit. Cucumbers have a mild, slightly sweet flavor. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

May 2021 - Durian

A Durian is a large, oval, tropical fruit with a thorn covered husk. The sweet and savory flavor of durian is wholly unique and has prompted extremely diverse opinions. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

April 2021 - Hemp Seeds

Hemp is a plant in the species Cannabis sativa and is cultivated for its fibre or its edible seeds. Hemp seeds have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center, to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.


March 2021 - Butter

Butter is a dairy product made from the fat and protein of milk or cream.In order for a churned dairy product to be considered butter in the United States, it must contain at least 80 percent butterfat. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center, to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.


February 2021 - Bananas

Bananas are an elongated, tropical berry with a thick skin and soft sweet flesh. The most common varieties are yellow when ripe. 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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