Every once in a while, we come across a new, extraordinary or beautiful product which we would like to introduce to our clients. This week: Mashua!
Mashua are small tubers which can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw mashua has a very strong and peppery mustard flavor, like a very sharp radish. The strong taste is due to the high content of isothiocyanates. Thinly sliced it can be used to spice up a salad.
Most of the time mashua is stewed or baked like a potato or Jerusalem artichoke. Cooking eliminates the cyanide and improves the taste. Because once the tuber is heated, it gets a pleasant, slightly sweet anise flavor. Mashua is also widely used for soups and purees.
French Mashua is now available at BE Fresh in 3kg boxes from the famous Prince de Bretagne brand.