Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world. It is the third most popular drink overall after water and tea and is brewed from cereal grains—most commonly from malted barley, though wheat, maize (corn), and rice are also used.
Use beer in batters when cooking dishes such as beer battered tofu.
This is a ground vegetable that is a deep purple in colour and has an earthy flavour. It can be pickled, roasted or eaten raw.
Raw beetroot can be grated and made into an alternative coleslaw. Roasted beetroot can be used as a tasty side dish or as a salad topper.
Beetroot powder is made from the root vegetable beetroot. It very simple is like it says beetroot in powder form.
Use beetroot powder as a natural food dye in baking and other dishes to give it a deep magenta colour.
Beetroot (Beet) Crystals are a naturally sweet tasting ingredient that has been carefully obtained from the juice of freshly pressed beetroots. Beetroot crystals are an instantly soluble product that is made from pure concentrate.
Add beetroot crystals to your meals, smoothies and snacks as an easy way to boost your vitamin, mineral, antioxidant and fibre intake.
Beetroot puree is made from cooked beetroot that is blended with other ingredients. It is used as a component to compliment other elements of a dish.
Use as a natural food colorant or to garnish a dish for extra colour.
Berbere is a spice mixture that usually includeds chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, basil, korarima, rue, ajwain or radhuni, nigella, and fenugreek. It is a key ingredient in the cuisines of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Make your own Ethiopian Spice Mix
See how to make the most of your Berbere spice mix in our Ethiopian Spread
Butter beans, also known as ‘Gigantes’ due to their giant size, are used to create a wide array of mouth-watering Mediterranean meals. They’re the perfect nutritious addition to many sides, salads and stews and celebrated as the star ingredient in many well-known international dishes such as Greece’s Gigantes Plaki.
Chickpeas are loved around the globe and have a treasured place in the panty of many international kitchens, including the Mediterranean. They are full of protein, fibre, folic acid and manganese and can be considered nutritional overachievers. As well as salads, soups, stews and curries, it would be amiss of us not to mention their starring role in one of the Mediterranean’s most popular exports – houmous.
Kalamata olives are world-renowned for their unique flavour and outstanding quality. They are grown in the nourishing climes of the Greek Kalamata region. They have a juicy texture and unique sweet-fruity flavour. We’d recommend eating them as they are to truly appreciate the flavour. They can also be added to salads and pastas and served alongside your favourite main course.
Perfect as a condiment for any dining table, our Mediterranean Lemon Dressing delivers a revitalising burst of zesty flavour to help invigorate any meal. Sprinkle it generously over a nutritious salad or use it to add a refreshing layer of flavour to your favourite fish, meat and vegetable dishes.
Our roasted red peppers are a must stock for any discerning Mediterranean kitchen. The lightly smoked flavour works perfectly with the natural sweetness of the peppers to deliver a taste which can only be described as divine. Use them to liven up your salads, add a nourishing filling to your panini or pasta dish or blend them to make a paste or dip.
This is otherwise known as baking soda, and it is white powder is fine crystalline form. It is alkaline and helps soda breads rise, for example, as well as other bakes items. It is easily accessible in supermarkets.
Clean dirty fruit and veg with bicarbonate of soda; To clean your fruit, put some bicarb on a damp sponge, scrub your produce and rinse.
This is a spread that is made by the same company who make the popular Biscoff biscuits. This spread has a caramel flavour to it and is suitable for vegans.
Swirl into chocolate brownie to add a flavour and colour contrast.
A biscuit is a flour-based baked food product, but depending on what part of the world you live, it can mean different things.
Biscuits in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Ireland are hard and may be savoury or sweet. (Digestives, ginger nuts, rich tea, and bourbons are example of biscuits that are often considered ‘accidently vegan’ but always check ingredients to be sure.)
In Commonwealth nations and Ireland, a biscuit is a small baked product and the term “cookie” typically refers to only one type of biscuit (chocolate chip cookie); however, it may also locally refer to specific types of biscuits or breads.
In the United States and some parts of English Canada, a “biscuit” is a quick bread, usually unsweetened and is similar in taste and texture to what the British call a scone. In South American states, this type of biscuit is served with gravy as a main meal.
Also called black turtle beans, this bean is often found in Latin American cuisine. It has a dense and meaty texture that makes it popular with plant based meals.
N.B Do not confuse them with black-eyes peas or black-eyed beans.
Mashed up, black beans are a great base for making bean burgers due to their robustness and slightly ‘meaty’ texture and appearance.
Simply ordinary garlic that has gone through a high heat, long duration, fermentation process, black garlic has a sweet and syrupy taste with hints of balsamic vinegar or tamarind.
Use black garlic the same as you would regular garlic.
This unpolished whole grain of traditional white rice is native to India and Southeast Asia. With sticky individual grains and a nutty flavour, it is commonly used in both sweet and savoury Asian dishes.
Use black rice instead of white rice if you want a more nutrient rich alternative.
Also known as black lentil, it is one of the most widely consumed lentils in India. These rounded black lentils with a sticky texture and bland, earthy flavours are jam-packed full of nutrients. From soups and stews to curries, breads and side dishes, black gram is an indispensable part of exotic cuisines.
Add to stews, curries, soup etc as a great way to thicken them.
Black lentils, also known as Beluga lentils due to their resemblance to Beluga caviar, have a soft texture and sumptuous, earthy flavour. They are ideal in salads and soups or included with many cooked main meal dishes. Black lentils are both striking to look at as well as are a high antioxidant anthocyanin food.
Use black lentils in soups, stews and other dishes as a way of adding a nutritious and healthy protein to a meal.
Black mustard seeds are tiny little strong flavoured seeds used most commonly in Indian cooking. They are the most pungent of all mustard seeds. The tiny seeds are dark brown with a slightly reddish hue to some seeds.
Add to bread when baking or sprinkle over salads.
Black olives are the result of olives that have been left to mature for longer, and develop a darker colour. They are often used as toppings on pizza and included in salads.
Add black olives to pasta sauces, to garnish salads, couscous, stews etc. as a way of adding texture, flavour and nutrients.
This is the ground spice that comes from black peppercorns. It is widely available in UK supermarkets and one of the most commonly used seasonings.
Pepper is a staple cooking ingredient, however, it also helps to increase the cleaning power of your everyday detergent and prevents clothes from fading after washing.
Black peppercorns are the fruit that are dried from the flowering vine, piper nigrum. Black pepper is the world’s most traded spice and one of the most commonly used.
Black peppercorns can be made into ground pepper using either a spice blender or with a pestle and mortar. Sprinkle over any dish for a tasty kick.
Black quinoa is earthier and sweeter tasting than white quinoa and maintains its colour even when cooked. Although black quinoa is typically harder to find than white or red, it contains the same general benefits as all quinoa varieties.
Use as a tasty alternative to white quinoa. Serve as an accompaniment to salad or as an on the go meal. Prepare the night before and take it as a lunchtime meal for work.