Ingredient Sources

Cilantro

19 comments October 10, 2009
Cilantro

I adore cilantro and a Colombian kitchen isn’t complete without this delicious herb. Cilantro has a distinct flavor that can make this a love it or hate it herb. Colombia is not alone in its love of cilantro and use in most kitchens around the country. Other countries such as India, China, Mexico and many […]

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Triguisar

38 comments September 23, 2009
Triguisar006

On those days when I feel homesick, it doesn’t mean I don’t like living in the United States and being an American citizen, but just that I miss my family and friends a lot. Those are the days that I will go to the closest Latin market and crazy or not, I go to the […]

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Guascas

15 comments March 19, 2009
guascas

An herb from Colombia, guascas can be found in the USA in specialty food stores in dehydrated form and packaged in bags. I have had good experiences with: AmigosFood and HatoGrande.

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Papas Criollas (Andean Potatoes)

10 comments March 19, 2009
papa-criolla

  Papa Criolla is a yellow and small potato  very popular in Colombia. We use them in soups and stews, mashed, boiled, baked or fried and they are delicious. In the United States you can find them frozen or canned but I prefer them frozen. You can find it at AmigosFood.

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Plátano Verde (Green Plantain)

0 comments March 7, 2009
Platanos Verdes

Unripe plantains or Plátanos Verdes have green skin and are not sweet. In Latin America we use these to make soups, patacones, tostones and chips.

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Ripe Plantain (Plátano Maduro)

1 comment March 2, 2009
platano

Ripe plantains  or Plátano Maduro look like large, over-ripened, yellow bananas. The skin becomes heavily spotted, almost completely black. This is when they are sweet and delicious and ready to eat.

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Guava Paste (Bocadillo)

9 comments March 2, 2009
guava-paste

In Colombia we use Guava Paste or Bocadillo in all kinds of dishes. It is a combination of guava pulp and sugar which is cooked slowly until it becomes thick enough to form into a block, which is the form in which it is usually sold. Guava Paste can be found in Latin markets and […]

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