Iowa Ingredient

Local flavors are always on the menu on Iowa Ingredient.

Join host Charity Nebbe as she journeys throughout Iowa to meet resourceful farmers behind the heartland's distinctive local flavors.

Each episode spotlights a single ingredient, grown and raised by Iowans. Then, talented Iowa chefs transform the main ingredient — ranging from honey and spinach to bacon and broccoli — into beautiful and tasty recipes in a studio kitchen.

The "On the Side" segment showcases food-related event or activity in Iowa — from an ice cream festival to a winery visit.

Iowa Ingredient is produced by Iowa Public Television, and airs as part of Hometown Create, which features locally produced content from Create's member stations.

Find recipes from the series on the Iowa Ingredient website.

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Blueberries

Episode #102 · Antioxident-rich, low in fat, and downright scrumptious, blueberries are the ideal treat. On her search for distinctive Iowa foods, host Charity Nebbe explores how blueberries are grown and used. Join her in Nevada, Iowa where she visits The Berry Patch. Afterwards Charity joins Chef Walter Jahncke in the kitchen to sample some delicious blueberry treats. Finally, Napa Valley isn't the only place in the U. S. making wine these days. Learn about the growth of winemaking in Iowa.

Eggplant

Episode #103 · With its mild flavor and range of uses, eggplant is a food for culinary inspiration. Accompany host Charity Nebbe on her farm to table journey throughout Iowa. Find out the complexities of growing eggplant at a Boone, Iowa farm. Then join Charity and Chef Nate Jiroutek in the studio kitchen to create an Eggplant Napoleon recipe that's both delicious and gorgeous.

Chestnuts

Episode #104 · Rich in flavor and, unlike other nuts, low in calories, chestnuts are a popular cool season treat. Take a tour of Red Fern Farm outside of Wapello, Iowa with host Charity Nebbe to check out the unique way chestnuts are harvested. Then Des Moines Chef Jason Simon joins us in our studio kitchen to share a twist on a traditional chestnut stuffing recipe.

Beets

Episode #105 · Beets are perhaps one of the most polarizing foods available. Everyone has their own opinion. On this Iowa Ingredient, join host Charity Nebbe to learn more about the beet at Table Top Farm in Nevada, Iowa. Then Iowa City Chef Katy Meyer brings new flavors to life by adding a fresh twist to this vitamin packed root. And mobile food is on the move! We'll meet a chef who brings local, organic and fresh to the streets of Sioux City, Iowa.

Peppers

Episode #106

Maytag Blue Cheese

Episode #107

Iowa State Fair Special

Episode #108

Behind the Scenes Special

Episode #109

Kale

Episode #110

Mushrooms

Episode #111

Beef

Episode #112

Aronia Berries

Episode #113

Bison

Episode #114

Brussels Sprouts

Episode #115

Honey

Episode #116

Plums

Episode #117

Bacon

Episode #118

Blackberries

Episode #119

Broccoli

Episode #120

Duck

Episode #121

Zucchini

Episode #122

Sweet Potatoes

Episode #123

Summer Smoothie Special

Episode #124

Sweet Corn

Episode #125

Cabbage

Episode #126

Barley

Episode #127

Cucumbers

Episode #128

Peaches

Episode #129

Onions

Episode #130

Green Beans

Episode #131

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