Where To Find Some of My Exotic Ingredients

Jackfruit Smoothie

By Grace O

Because of FoodTrients, I have made it my mission to find herbs, fruits, vegetables and plants from all over the world that pack a lot of nutrition and age-defying benefits.  It’s been so rewarding to introduce some of the foods and ingredients I grew up with in Southeast Asia like moringa, yuka/cassava, jackfruit, ashitaba and others. It’s also been a great adventure for me to learn about new superfoods from around the world like baobab, reishi mushrooms, ashwagandha and more.



I’m very fortunate to live in southern California where so much produce grows. It’s a melting pot here, and many people from all over the world have brought their native plants with them. And even though I can shop at Asian or Latino markets on any corner in

Manioc root

Manioc root

Los Angeles and find fresh turmeric or bitter melon or soursop, I know that most people across the country aren’t so lucky. For them, I recommend visiting Melissas.com, an exotic produce company which will ship fresh and sometimes dried produce anywhere in the U.S. Melissa’s is also the largest distributor of specialty produce in the country. Amazon is sometimes a good option, too.

Recently, I launched a new EATING WELL RESOURCES section on FoodTrients.com so you have a handy resource

Baobab fruit

Baobab fruit

guide for some of my more exotic ingredients. In each of my recipes, I try to let you know where to source any unfamiliar ingredients in both of my cookbooks.  In addition to the Resources section, I offer substitutes for exotic ingredients (in case you can’t find them) wherever possible. I want everyone to be able to make and eat these wonderful, anti-aging recipes. That’s why I wrote both of my cookbooks in the first place, and hope you will have your own food adventures as you try some of these exciting new ingredients.  Bon appetit!

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Mushroom

About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that. foodtrients.com
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