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

March 2020- Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a member of the orchid family.Vanilla extract is a solution made by steeping cured vanilla pods in alcohol until the flavor is infused. According to FDA specifications, pure vanilla extract contains 13.35 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon during extraction.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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February 2020- Edible Seaweed

Edible seaweed, or sea vegetables, are seaweeds that can be eaten and used in the preparation of food. Edible seaweed has an umami flavor- a pleasant savory taste, which results from a high level of the amino acid, glutamate. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center, to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

January 2020- Tangerines

Tangerines are a group of citrus fruit consisting of hybrids of mandarin oranges. The taste of a tangerine is sweeter and less acidic than that of 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.

December 2019 - Havarti

Havarti is a semi-soft cow’s-milk cheese. Havarti is smooth, with no rind, and creamy to pale yellow in color. It has small irregular holes in it known sometimes as “eyes.” It has a buttery aroma with subtle sweet and acidic notes. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center, to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

November 2019 - Rosehips

The rose hip (rosehip) is also called rose haw and rose hep. It is the accessory fruit of the rose plant. It is typically red to orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Fresh rose hips are semi-sweet in taste but each haw holds a number of small seeds and hairs, which must be removed before consumption. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center, to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

October 2019 - Chestnuts

Chestnuts are the fruit of the Castanea tree. A spiny husk called a burr protects the chestnut. Chestnuts are typically harvested mid-September through November and are one of the easiest nut varieties to harvest and prepare for storage. Chestnuts can be used as an alternative to most other nuts though their sweet and earthy flavor will give any dish a unique twist. Complete the quiz by logging on to the ACF online learning center, to earn one hour of continuing-education credits toward ACF certification.

September 2019 - Star anise

Star anise is a spice made from the dried fruit of an Illicium verum tree. The fruits of this tree have tiny oval seeds contained in pods shaped like a star. These pods are tough-skinned, rust-colored and have five to ten points. Both the pod and the seeds can be consumed. 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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