5 Hot Ingredients Chefs Are Playing With Right Now

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1. Bottarga

Illustrations by Bruce Hutchinson

Once imported, cured fish roe is also being made in-house with uni and shad.

2. Cucamelon

Looks like a mini-melon, tastes like cucumber, and is perfect pickled.

3. Hokkaido uni

Japanese sea urchin is prized over others for its soft, elegant flavor.

4. Lindera Farms vinegars

These Virginia vinegars are made from scratch with flowers and herbs.

5. ’Nduja

Spreadable, Calabrian-style salami is everywhere, imported and house-made.

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Washingtonian.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.