What Does Tahini Taste Like

What Is Tahini?

Tahini is a thin sauce or spread made out of ground toasted sesame seeds, after they’re soaked in salt water and crushed to separate the kernels from the bran. To avoid the tahini spoiling from its high oil content, it’s refrigerated during transport and before use. Tahini is a Mediterranean condiment also commonly used in Chinese, South East Asian and Vietnamese food. When made without any additives, it’s commonly known as raw tahini. It’s sometimes eaten alone or added to hummus for a creamier flavor. It’s also used in baba ghanoush or halva.

How It Tastes

Tahini has a bitter, oily taste.

Tips

Adding salt can reduce the bitterness of tahini.

What Does Rhubarb Taste Like

What Is Rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a red purple stemmed, green leafed perennial vegetable that is commonly used in cooking desserts. The leaves and roots are poisonous. The stem can range in color from purple to red to green. It has the appearance of celery but due to its taste it is often mixed with sweet pies containing fruits and rarely eaten raw. It’s thought to have originated in China, where the stem was used for medicinal purposes.

How It Tastes

Rhubarb has a sour and tart flavour, usually best cooked and mixed with other ingredients.

Tips

Two popular recipes are rhubarb & apple pie and rhubarb & strawberry pie.

What Does Kale Taste Like

What Is Kale?

Kale is a leafy green vegetable in the Brassica oleracea family and close to a wild cabbage. It features green or purple curly leaves. It’s become known as a ‘superfood’ due to its high nutritional content. It’s also used as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens5.

How They Taste

Kale varies in taste with smaller leaves having a milder flavor, while larger leaves have a more bitter flavor. Different varieties of kale have different flavours varying from bitter through to peppery or even sweet.

Tips

Kale is often used in salads, but is also dried and used in a variety of other ways.

What Does Vegemite Taste Like?

What is Vegemite?

Vegemite is a spread that is an Australian trademark and has been going strong for nearly 90 years. It’s made of yeast extract and is high in B vitamins.

How it tastes

Vegemite tastes very salty with a slightly savoury flavor. It’s similar to Marmite in some ways but has a stronger taste.

Tips

Vegemite is said to be an acquired taste, so don’t be surprised if you don’t like it. If you’re planning on trying it, apply a small amount to buttered toast or mix with your favorite savoury spread. Don’t apply it liberally like Jam or you may regret it!

What Does Egg White Taste Like?

What are egg whites?

Eggs broken with whites and yolksEgg whites are the clear/yellowish liquid inside eggs (also known as albumen or the glair/glaire). When cooked, the clear part becomes white and solid. People are more commonly allergic to the egg white than the egg yolk (yellow part), which is why it’s commonly recommended that children under one year of age abstain from eating egg whites.

 How They Taste

The raw egg white has a thick and jelly like consistancy and very little taste, although the most common description of the taste is “like snot” or “slimy”. The cooked egg whites also have little taste, although they are quite a bit more palatable.

Tips

Avoid raw eggs if you are in a high risk category or are pregnant. Cooked egg whites are likely to require some seasoning or sauce.

Other Uses

Egg whites are commonly used for a variety of recipes and also for cleaning agents and personal hygiene (for instance as a shampoo.)

What Do Sardines Taste Like?

Plate of sardines and saladWhat are sardines?

Sardines are a small type of oily fish related to herrings. A common expression is “packed as tight as sardines” due to the fact these tiny fish are often sold in tightly packed, full containers.  Sardines aren’t cooked, but preserved in a method known as “salting”, which also adds to their unique flavor.

How they taste

Sardines have a strong fishy flavour and are also quite salty.

Tips

If you don’t like the strong taste of these fishy treats plain, try some of the wide variety of flavored sardines. The bones are also edible, and break down very easily – they’re a great source of calcium. They’re great in salads, sandwiches, crackers and a range of other quick snacks.

What Does Quinoa Taste Like?

Uncooked Quinoa grainWhat is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a pseudocereal or seed that, although it bears similarities to grain, is not a grain. It can be prepared in similar ways to a grain however. It’s commonly used in place of rice and can also be used to make bread. Because it’s not a grain and is gluten free, it’s often used by people with allergies. It’s also claimed as a super food by many health groups.

How it tastes

Yellow quinoa tastes similar to couscous but with less flavor. Red quinoa is a lot more flavorful and has a nutty flavor. Quinoa is often described as being ‘earthy’ or ‘muddy’ in taste. It’s important to wash quinoa before cooking, as not doing so can leave a bitter flavor.

Tips

Quinoa is gluten free, cholesterol free, kosher, high in manganese, fiber, magnesium and copper. It’s a great alternative for people watching their diet who don’t want to cut out a certain taste group completely.

What does Egg Yolk Taste Like?

3 Eggs on TableWhat is egg yolk?

Egg yolk is the yellow part of the egg, the part that would be used to feed a growing infant chick if the egg wasn’t used for human consumption. It’s usually less commonly used (many recipes call for the egg whites, the clear part of the egg) and is generally cooked only as a whole with the egg white itself. Eggs are used in a wide range of recipes to add flavor and binding, can be eaten raw (or drunk in things such as eggnog) and boiled, poached and cooked in a variety of ways.

How it tastes

Raw egg yolks have a mild milky or buttery flavor and are quite slimy. Cooked egg yolks have an even milder slightly dusty flavor that is slightly powdery.

Tips

Egg yolk is less allergenic than the whites. For this reason, infants are recommended to eat yolks, but usually not whites till at least 1 year of age.

Some people find egg yolks disgusting, while others view an egg cooked with a “sunny side up” raw egg yolk as a delicacy.

What Do Acai Berries Taste Like?

Glass of purple juiceWhat are acai berries?

Acai berries grow on a type of palm tree. They are small, dark purple berries that look similar to blueberries. The berries rose to fame in 2004, after claims that they could vastly improve health and help with weight loss. They are consumed both fresh and dried as well as juiced.

How they taste

The taste of the berries varies between taste buds, but the taste of the fresh berries is generally described as a combination of raspberries and chocolate. Supplements and juices made from the berries may have other additives depending on the manufacturer but the taste is commonly said to be similar to pear or apple juice.

Tips

To date there has been no scientific evidence to either prove or disprove the health and weight loss benefits of acai berries and acai supplements.

What Does Caviar Taste Like?

Black red caviarWhat is caviar?

Caviar, also known as black caviar, is a rare delicacy served either processed or fresh, and made of unfertilized sturgeon roe. Basically – fish eggs.

How it tastes

Caviar has a salty, fishy taste that is also slightly reminiscent of salmon. Some people find the taste slightly gritty. Cheaper caviar has a slightly saltier, fishier taste while many people say that the more expensive black caviar has a “finer” flavor.

Tips

There are many types of caviar available – black caviar is the most expensive because it comes from sturgeon, an over harvested and low population fish – it’s the most common type of fish eggs that people refer to when talking of ‘caviar’. However there are other, cheaper varieties of caviar that are harvested from other fish, such as red caviar.