SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— There’s a lot of intriguing things being done with raw veggies at this year’s Fancy Food Show. Sometimes I think it’s not all that important to go to these shows because things don’t change all that much, but there was a lot of unusual things this year.
Baked veggies, baked crackers and baked veggie puffs prevailed at this year’s show. One of the more intriguing products was from a company that was basically dehydrating thin slices of zucchini and kale, but they maintain its bright-green color. That alone is like biting into a potato chip.
Then they puree it with other vegetables and fruit, season it with some olive oil, maybe salt and pepper, then drizzle it over the surface and then dehydrate that. What’s left is a healthy crunchy concoction full of things that are good for you and that aren’t deep fried.
Another product that intrigued me was the California Lavash, a company based out of Gilroy. The flat bread, which is Middle-Eastern in origin, is available in different thicknesses. One of them is called the Pizza Dough and it comes in a really neat rectangle so you can cut it into squares, spread things on it and toast it, or even bake it like a pizza.
There’s more fascinating things coming to the market and I guess there’s never a shortage of ideas.
Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.
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