New Foods Challenge (26-28)

Muffins

I have a few new food updates to share! There is a light at the end of this tunnel!

Food #26: Aronia Berries
And That Is: Also known as chokeberries, these are tart little berries found in wet, swampy areas. The more I think about that the worse it sounds.
Found Where:  Downtown Farmers’ Market (early September)
Cost: I can’t really recall but somewhere between $5 and $7 for a little more than one cup
Health Benefits: These berries are off the charts when it comes to antioxidants!
Prepared How: I made muffins!
Yea or Nay: Yea. They were tart, which I like, so made what would normally have been a blueberry muffin recipe a little more interesting with this swap. I bought these frozen from the vendor at the market and didn’t use until just recently. Like any berry, they freeze well. aronia

Food #27: Grits
And That Is: Ground corn meal common in southern cuisine but of Native American origin.
Found Where:  The Big Biscuit in Kansas City, Missouri!
Cost: I think my meal, which came with grits, came to about $7 (eggs, grits, and a big biscuit, of course!).
Health Benefits: Because grits are corn-based, they would be a gluten-free (depending on how they’re prepared of course) option for something warm and porridge-like for breakfast.
Prepared How: Just a bowl of grits! I did find a little piece of bacon in them. Was this an accident? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s like the can of beans that comes with a little piece of fatty bacon. I don’t know and frankly, didn’t care.
Yea or Nay: Meh. Not much flavor in the particular dish I had. If I have grits again, I’d try something a little more interesting. It’s funny how Des Moines to KC isn’t terribly far but the culture of food is significantly different! I haven’t really paid much attention to how many places around DSM offer grits but I’d imagine they’re more common a couple hundred miles to the south. grits

Food #28: Figs
And That Is: One of the first common plants/fruits cultivated by humans!
Found Where:  Gateway Market
Cost: Expensive – $7.49 for this little basket of figs.
Health Benefits: Great source of fiber.
Prepared How: Prior to grabbing this basket of expensive fruit, I had figs two different ways. The more pleasant was in the form of jam, which is absolutely divine and tastes great on a grilled cheese. The second is yes, you guessed it, in the form of a Fig Newton, which I don’t really count since the percentage of fig is probably rather low.
Yea or Nay: Meh. I like fig jam better. Is it because it has more sugar? Probably. These guys are just too pricey for me to purchase regularly. figs

I’m closing in on foods 29 and 30 and actually just had one one new food before I wrote this post, so I’ve only got one more to go. Stay tuned!