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Welcome to the 2018 Fruit Pairings

For 2018, we are diving into the history of the ancient herbs, spices and grains that our ancestors have used for
thousands of years. From the everyday peppercorn to the not-so-common sumac berry, Dole has compiled
a list of food pairings featuring these ancient ingredients. Click on the categories above to view a brief history
of each ingredient and discover innovative, ancient-inspired recipe ideations for every menu and daypart.

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AMARANTH &
BLUEBERRY

sweet & nutty flavor
Great for

  • breads
  • pancakes
  • waffles
  • baked goods
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This naturally gluten-free grain was not only a staple as a food source, but was also used in religious practices and even presented as an offering to the Aztec emperor. The crop was once outlawed by the invading Spaniards due to the role it played in religious practices. However, amaranth survived, due to its fast growing and durable nature.

AMARANTH &
BLUEBERRY

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Blueberry Coconut Amaranth Bowl

A delicious breakfast bowl pairing ancient grains and blueberries.
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Gluten Free Amaranth and Blueberry Scone with Blackberry Cream

A tasty gluten free scone filled with blueberries.
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DUKKAH &
PEACH

tangy & nutty flavor
Great for

  • dressings
  • dipping sauces for
    salads and sides

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This Egyptian spice mixture comes from humble beginnings. Dukkah was originally seen as a food for peasants. Used as a mixture for dipping bread, dukkah provided a source of protein for those who could not afford traditional meats. This aromatic mixture is made by crushing up a combination of nuts and spices, which speaks to its Egyptian origin, meaning “to crush” or to pound”.

DUKKAH &
PEACH

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Ful Mudammes with Honey Glazed Spiced Peaches

A fruity twist to a traditional Middle Eastern dish.
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Egyptian Breakfast Hash

A tasty hash featuring peaches and dukkah.
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TOGARASHI &
STRAWBERRY

spicy & savory flavor
Great for

  • dressings
  • dipping sauces
  • soups
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Togarashi or "Chinese Mustard" is the main ingredient in the traditional Japanese spice blend Shichimi Togarashi, more commonly known as 7-Spice blend. Although togarashi most likely came to Japan through China, this blend was first created by herb dealers in what is now Tokyo, Japan. This spice blend packs more heat than traditional Japanese spice mixtures and is often used as a seasoning for meats, soups, and noodle or rice dishes.

TOGARASHI &
STRAWBERRY

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Strawberry Togarashi Tofu Cheesecake

A fruity cheesecake with a spicy twist.
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Togarashi and Strawberry Chawanmushi

A traditional Japanese egg dish with a fruity twist.
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SORGHUM &
CHERRY

earthy & mild flavor
Great for

  • pasta
  • couscous
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Sorghum first appeared during an archaeological dig near the Egyptian-Sudanese border. This crop spread throughout Africa, adapting to a variety of environments along the way. Sorghum can be found in several varieties, which can be attributed to the movement of various tribal groups in Africa. Due to its versatility and health benefits, sorghum spread throughout the world, and is now one of the top 5 cereal grains in the world.

SORGHUM &
CHERRY

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Sorghum and Roasted Cherry Flatbread

A unique flatbread made with ancient grains and dark sweet cherries.
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Sorghum Fried Chicken Sandwich with Cherry Slaw

A fruity twist on traditional fried chicken sandwiches.
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GOCHUJANG &
RED PAPAYA

sweet & spicy flavor
Great for

  • stir-fry
  • dipping sauce
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Made from the Korean red pepper (gochu), gochujang is one of the most famous fermented food products in Korea. This sweet yet spicy, red pepper paste, has been produced for over a thousand years in Korean culture. Today, the paste is produced throughout all areas of the world and is often used in Asian-inspired dishes such as bibimbap and tteok-bokki.

GOCHUJANG &
RED PAPAYA
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Bulgogi Beef with Julienne Red Papaya

Tasty Korean-style beef with a spicy papaya salad.
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Red Papaya Kimchi Pancakes

Sweet and spicy kimchi pancakes with a peachy cream sauce.
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SUMAC &
STRAWBERRY

tangy & sour flavor
Great for

  • pasta
  • vegetables
  • chicken
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Before the introduction of lemons, sumac was often used to add tartness to dishes. This bright red berry, originates in the Middle East from the sumac bush. Sumac berries are dried and ground into a coarse powder that is tart and tangy with a hint of lemon flavor. Widely used in Mediterranean cuisine, this spice is slowly making its way into other countries and can be used to top off a variety of dishes.

SUMAC &
STRAWBERRY

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Fattoush with Strawberry Sumac Vinaigrette

A Lebanese-style salad accented with strawberries.
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Sumac Strawberry Open Faced Pitas

A tasty open-faced sandwich.
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MISO &
MANDARINS

sweet, salty & savory flavor
Great for

  • salt substitute
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Although the actual origin of miso is unclear, it has become a staple in Japanese cuisine. Some theories state that miso originated in China from "Shou", a marinated meat mixture. Others believe miso was originally unique to Japan. Miso comes in many forms, but is made primarily from fermented soy beans. Today, it's most popularly known in the form of miso soup, a salty and savory, Japanese dish.

MISO &
MANDARINS

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Miso Glazed Salmon Topped with Mandarin Orange Salsa

Delicious miso glazed salmon topped with a bright Mandarin orange salsa.
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Peking Duck Mandarin Orange Salad with Miso Dressing

A delicious salad topped with duck and mandarin oranges.
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CURRY &
MANGO

sweet & spicy flavor
Great for

  • tacos
  • lamb
  • fish
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This popular spice was thought to have originated in India but became famous as a cooking staple in England. It was even mentioned in the first book written on English cooking by Richard II. London even has an entire street, known as Brick Lane, which is lined with curry houses all dedicated to the Indian cuisine. This spice, which can vary in heat from mild to extremely hot, can be used both as dry rub or incorporated into sauces and marinades.

CURRY &
MANGO

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Mango Chicken Curry Masala

A tasty tropical version of chicken curry masala.
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Mango Curry Quinoa Salad

A tasty spiced quinoa salad with mangoes.
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PIRI PIRI &
PINEAPPLE

spicy, fresh & bright flavor
Great for

  • burgers
  • sandwiches
  • wraps
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Piri Piri, which translated to "pepper pepper" in Swahili, lives up to its name. This sauce has an intense heat that comes from its' main ingredient, the African Bird's Eye Chili. Portuguese settlers came across the pepper in Africa and used it to create a spicy marinade for various meats. This chili sauce is now used to spice up dishes across the globe.

PIRI PIRI &
PINEAPPLE

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Grilled Piri Piri Chicken Pineapple Salad Bowl

A delicious spicy salad bowl.
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Piri Piri Shrimp and Pineapple Stir Fry

A spicy stir fry with shrimp and pineapple.
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POBLANO &
MANGO

mild & smoky flavor
Great for

  • salsa
  • salads
  • wraps
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Poblano peppers take their name from their place of origin, Puebla Mexico. The poblano is one of the most popular peppers in Mexico and is used in a variety of dishes, including the traditional Mexican mole sauce. This pepper can be dried, roasted, fried, stuffed or served raw.

POBLANO &
MANGO

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Poblano Chicken Relleno with Mango

A tropical twist on chicken relleno.
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Roasted Poblano and Pea Soup with Mango Crème Fraiche

A spicy soup accented with mango creme fraiche.
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ZA'ATAR &
APPLE

tangy, aromatic & nutty flavor
Great for

  • sauces
  • pizza
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Za'atar has a long and rich history, which dates back to the times of Ancient Egypt. It even has several mentions in Biblical text. Thought by many to be a "brain food" this spice mixture of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac was once prescribed as a form of medicine to treat certain ailments. Traditionally, this aromatic and savory topping was served with pita, but is now used heavily in Mediterranean cooking for a variety of applications.

ZA'ATAR &
APPLE

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Za'atar Apple and Beef Stuffed Grape Leaves

Apples add a twist to traditional dolmades.
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Za'atar Crusted Lamb Kebobs with Apple Tahini Sauce

Tasty lamb kebobs with a fruity tahini sauce.
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LABNEH &
CHERRY

light, tangy & sour flavor
Great for

  • breads
  • pancakes
  • waffles
  • spreads
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Referred to by historian Josephus, as "Valley of the Cheesemakers", the ravine between Mount Moriah and Mount Zion in Jerusalem is where labneh is thought to have originated. Known for its distinct, sour flavor labneh is a yogurt-like ingredient often used in sauces, dips, soups and spreads to add tart flavor and a creamy texture.

LABNEH &
CHERRY

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Baharat Spiced Cherries and Labneh on Flatbread

A delicious Middle Eastern appetizer.
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Labneh with Cherry Compote Toasted Pistachios and Honey with Flatbread Points

A delicious Middle-Eastern inspired appetizer accented with cherries.
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TURMERIC &
MANGO

earthy, aromatic & subtle flavor
Great for

  • rice
  • sauces
  • dips
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This spice is known for much more than just its' culinary usage. Turmeric was heavily used in Ayurvedic medicine (an ancient Indian form of healing). Beyond medicinal use, the spice had significant religious purpose and was considered sacred by the Hindu religion. Today, the spice is widely used throughout the culinary world to season proteins, vegetables, baked goods and more, but still holds historical and religious significance in Indian culture.

TURMERIC &
MANGO

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Spiced Mango Lassi Smoothie

A luscious mango smoothie with a hint of ginger and turmeric.
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Mangotini with Turmeric Simple Syrup

A fruity and spicy cocktail.
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PEPPERCORN &
PINEAPPLE

sharp, aromatic & spicy flavor
Great for

  • turkey
  • shrimp
  • grilled meats
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Indigenous to Southwest India, black pepper has been a trade staple since as early as 1000 B.C. Once considered a "luxury spice" in medieval Europe, pepper was not always so easy to come by. As trade routes increased, the spice became more widely available, and is now present in kitchens across the globe.

PEPPERCORN &
PINEAPPLE

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Spiked Pineapple and Pink Peppercorn Lemonade

A tequila-based pineapple lemonade with fragrant pink peppercorns.
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Black Pepper Lemonade

Black Pepper Lemonade
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TEA &
MIXED BERRY

light, herbal & fresh flavor
Great for

  • beverages
  • dry rubs
  • desserts
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According to Chinese legend, tea was discovered by happenstance when the emperor Shen Nung noticed leaves from a nearby tree had blown into a pot of boiling water being prepared by his servant. The emperor decided to taste the concoction, creating what we now know as tea. While this story is merely a legend, the origin of tea can be linked to China as far back as 206 BC, where tea was found in ancient tombs from the Han dynasty. Today, tea comes in many forms and flavors and is commonly used throughout the world in beverages, sauces, dry rubs and desserts.

TEA &
MIXED BERRY

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Mixed Berry Earl Grey Bubble Tea

A refreshing bubble tea flavored with mixed berries.
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Mixed Berry Cheese Tea

A unique Asian-style iced tea flavored with mixed berries.
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Mixed Berry Black Tea Italian Soda

A unique twist on Italian soda.
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CARDAMOM &
PEACH

spicy & citrus flavor
Great for

  • curry
  • glazes
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One of the worlds oldest spices, cardamom was used by the Ancient Egyptians for several purposes. Not only was cardamom considered a medicinal agent, but it was also used as an ingredient in perfumes, a breath freshener, and even as a part of certain spiritual rituals. This versatile ingredient is also a commonly used culinary ingredient for dishes including; curry in the Middle East, traditional cardamom tea in Asia, and mulled wine and pastries in Scandinavia..

CARDAMOM &
PEACH

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Cardamom and Clove Peach Melba

Delicious spiced peach melbas.
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Grilled Peach Tartines with Burrata and Cardamom and Clove Crumble

A delicious tartine featuring spiced peaches and creamy burrata.
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Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad with Cardamom and Clove Vinaigrette

A fragrant salad with arugula, feta, peaches, and a spiced vinaigrette.
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CRÈME FRAICHE &
BLACKBERRY

mild & tangy flavor
Great for

  • sauces
  • dressings
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Believed to have originated in Normandy, Crème Fraiche was once considered a French delicacy. The ingredient has now crossed over into the United Sates and become a popular ingredient in soups and sauces. Additionally, this cultured cream is used as a tart and tangy topping for fruit, pancakes, parfaits, and other baked goods.

CRÈME FRAICHE &
BLACKBERRY

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Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta with Blackberry Chantilly

A rich panna cotta served with blackberry cream.
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Dole Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Crème Fraiche

A delicious cobbler filled with blackberries and topped with blackberry creme.
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HONEY &
BANANA

rich & sweet flavor
Great for

  • pancakes
  • pastries
  • ice cream
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While the exact origin is unknown, humans have been hunting for honey for at least 8,000 years, as evidenced by a rock painting found in Valencia, Spain. This delectable nectar was also found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and is even mentioned in the ancient scrolls of the Koran. In almost every history, there is a mention of honey in one form or another. It's been used to make mead, heal wounds, and provide sustenance for over 8,000 years. Today it is used as an all natural sweetening agent in various culinary concepts around the world.

HONEY &
BANANA

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Banana Lumpia with Ginger Honey Sauce

Sweet Filipino style egg rolls filled with bananas.
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Banana Honey Buns

A delicious sticky bun filled with bananas.
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