I love scouring for hard to find ingredients and then coming home and creating a new dish that brings them all together. I found most of my ingredients at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (CUESA). Fresh shelling beans are are in season right now and every year I find new varieties that are available. Fresh Tongue Of Fire beans are a variety of Fresh Cranberry Beans and if you can find the Fresh Christmas Lima Beans they are worth seeking out. Fresh Lima Beans are much different than the slimy frozen ones most people are familiar with.
Black garlic has become a pantry staple for me and my new favorite ingredient, finger limes, is available right now and can be found in Northern and Southern California. Agretti is a hard to find Italian vegetable that is grown in sea water near the coast. Agretti is salty and crunchy and If you can’t find it try substituting sea beans.
Fresh King Salmon, Three Bean Salad with a Salsa of Agretti, Black Garlic, and Finger Limes
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