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Gariguettes Strawberry, France

This delicious spring strawberry available between March and June is an old Provençal variety, much-loved and prized by leading chefs for its wonderful scent and outstanding aromatic flavour.

The small, bright red berries with a conical and elongated shape are sweet, soft, delicate and juicy, with a lovely perfume. Its flavour is reminiscent of wild strawberries. The product is highly prized among top chefs. For a simple dessert, dress the strawberries with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or serve them with sweetened whipped cream. Otherwise, simply enjoy them with chilled champagne. If there’s excess, you can make a homemade strawberry jam.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:

Now till June 2018

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Fresh Sardines, Brittany, France

Sardines are small, slim fish with a silver belly and blue-ish tinted back. This oily saltwater fish with soft bones is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, vitamin D (good for bone health), and vitamin B12 (promotes cardiovascular well-being). Considered one of the most affordable fish on the market, it is commonly found canned as it is easily perishable.

Fresh sardines from the coast of Brittany, France, are available from May to October. They are particularly sought-after for their delicious firm flesh, thanks mostly to the violent tides in the coastal region. They are excellent either grilled, oven-baked or barbecued. You can liven up the sardines with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil, or with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Alternatively, combine sardines with chopped onion and olives, or a mixture of chopped tomatoes and basil.

When buying fresh sardines, look for those that smell fresh, are firm to the touch, and have bright eyes with shiny skin. To store fresh sardines, remove them from the packaging, rinse and place them in a clean plastic storage bag and keep in the fridge until ready to cook. But they are best eaten fresh, so cook them as soon as you can.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store.

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White Asparagus, France

White asparagus heralds the arrival of spring. Unlike the green variety, white asparagus is grown without daylight. Photosynthesis doesn't take place because the plants are grown in the dark, hence the white colour. As the spears grow, soil is piled on top to deny them any light source.

To harvest them, a special knife is used to cut or dig up the asparagus below the surface before they grow through the soil. As it takes more effort to produce this ingredient, white asparagus is more expensive than the green variety. The flavour of white asparagus is mild and slightly sweet. The plump spears are best boiled until tender and paired with a rich sauce such as hollandaise or a lighter vinaigrette dressing.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:

Now till June 2018

Retail price: Kindly approach our gourmet store Manager for more details.