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Blood Orange, Spain

Blood orange is a seasonal fruit that thrives in the Mediterranean areas such as Spain. Usually available between December and April, the fruit's colour ranges from faint or blushing red to deep crimson. This red colour is due to the anthocyanin pigment.

Blood orange is favoured for its juiciness, bright acidity and distinctive citrusy flavour. The vitamin C-rich fruit is great for both savoury and sweet dishes. In Spain, the juicy red-coloured segments are paired with salt cod. Over in Sicily, the fruit is sliced and combined with sliced bulb fennel and a drizzling of olive oil. Instead of lemon, the juice can be used for vinaigrette-style salad dressings and sauces. You can also make it into a vivid-coloured marmalade, curd, sorbet or granita. Enjoy it fresh by placing the segments over yoghurt or vanilla ice cream. The zest is great livening up baked goods too.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:

December 2017 to March 2018

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



Black Truffle, Périgord, France

This black diamond of the Provence, also known as the "Périgord truffle", is one of the most prized and can grow up to the size of an apple. Its skin presents pyramidal scales and the color of its flesh goes from grey to black with thin white veins when mature.

An iconic name in the world of truffles, Plantin products are well known in the fine dining scene, and used by many Michelin starred chefs in their creations, as well as highly appreciated by food connoisseurs.

This black winter truffle adds a heady perfume to any dish and can be shaved generously over pastas, scrambled eggs, salads or roasted potatoes. To elevate your butter, grate some Plantin truffle and mix with softened butter – use this truffle butter on top of grilled steak or simply spread it on warm baguette and enjoy!

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:

November 2017 to February 2018

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


Clementine, Corsica

The clementine was born from a cross-pollination that occurred naturally between mandarin and orange tree flowers. While a majority of this hybrid citrus is supplied by Spain and Morocco, the Corsican Clementine is the only clementine grown in France.

The fruit has been granted the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status providing a guarantee of its quality and provenance. With aromatic orange blossom aroma and seedless segments that give way to sweet pulpy flesh, the Corsican clementine is great in marmalades, as candied peel, and in a mélange of confectionary. It also lends its bright and juicy citrus flavour perfectly to salads and sauces for game meats.

Harvesting generally runs from October to January. At the start of the season, the fruit can actually be ripe whilst appearing partially green at the base but the skin gradually gains its orange pigmentation from the cold. The Corsican clementine is usually handpicked and sold with its deep-green leaves still attached, giving an unmistakable indication of the fruit’s freshness.

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:
November 2017 to February 2018

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


Vacherin Mont d'Or, France

Often referred as the “the holy grail of raw milk cheeses”, the Vacherin Mont d’Or is truly a spectacular cheese. This artisanal pale yellow soft rich cheese is made from cow’s milk in France, usually in villages of the Jura region (an origin that has been officially controlled since 1981), and has a greyish-yellow washed rind. Mont d’Or is a seasonal cheese with an AOC certification available from October to March. As the cheese is so soft and almost liquid after maturation, it is ripened and wrapped with a spruce bark, which adds a welcome woody note to the cheese. Packed in a characteristic spruce box, when matured, the cheese is full flavoured, slightly acidic, and is often served warm in its original packaging and enjoyed like a fondue. Once you pull a warm one out of the oven, and start eating it, it’s impossible to stop

Available at Culina Dempsey Gourmet Store:
October 2017 to February 2018

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