As you know, Grainful creates bold and unique flavor profiles for every dish and they are constantly trying to find new ways to surprise and impress your taste buds. Take a look at some of Grainful's more exotic ingredients that you may not have heard of before (but we bet you're already a fan!)

Porcini Mushrooms

Porcini mushrooms are famous in Italian cuisine. In Italian, porcini translates to mean 'piglets,' but we think Porcini is a better name for the gourmet mushroom and its nutty flavor. In the U.S. Porcini Mushrooms are often sold dried, which causes a more concentrated flavor. Fresh Porcini is extremely popular in Italy, but can also be found in the U.S. in the late spring or early fall.

You may recognize this earthy mushroom from the Mushroom & Chicken, but here are some other ways to use this flavor, click the photos for full recipes.

Recipe Recommendations:

Grilled Porcini 

Stracotto with Porcini Mushrooms


You might recognize this ingredient if you've been browsing the packaging of the delicious Thai Curry. But what is it?! For starters it is pronounced guh-lang-guh and it is a root. It looks a lot like its cousin ginger but has much more piney and citrus notes that are perfect for curry dishes or meat seasoning. Galangal root is also used to combat sea-sickness and stomach aches.

Recipe Recommendations

Tom Kha Gai- Thai Coconut Galangal Chicken Soup

Galangal-Brown Sugar Ice Cream


Cardamom is a spice popular in Indian cooking. It is made from a seed and has a very strong flavor with notes of lemon, mint and smoke. It is also an ingredient in Grainful's Thai Curry.

The spice can also help with digestive issues caused by garlic and onion. It also has been used to relieve bad breath and a slew of other health issues. Combat stinky breath by simply chewing on the seeds then grind up the leftovers (not the ones you chewed on of course) and put them in these fun recipes!

Recipe Recommendations 

Almond cake with cardamom and pistachio

Cardamom Chicken

Turbinado Sugar

This sugar undergoes little processing, which makes it healthier than white sugar. It also has less calories than white sugar and a softer texture. Turbinado sugar also goes by the name of "sugar in the raw," but the name Turbinado comes from how it is made. The sugar is spun in a turbine  and comes out looking like brown sugar and with a taste similar to molasses. The ingredient can also be found in Grainful's Thai Curry.

Recipe Recommendations

Turbinado Carmel Sauce

Trubinado Cracked Sugar Cookies