Hybrid Foods

BY: CARLI GARSOW 

cronut

We often get bored of the same old things—especially when it comes to food. So what happens when the food you have always eaten doesn’t seem good enough anymore? You create new ones! Here are some hybrid foods that people have been chomping on. Cronut

A cronut is a pastry creation formed by blending a doughnut and a croissant. The man behind this hybrid treat is chef Dominique Ansel, owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. The cronut is made with laminated dough that has been compared to a croissant. The dough is fried in grapeseed oil, rolled in sugar, filled with cream and topped with glaze. Ansel introduced his creation in May 2013 after a series of failed attempts. Two months and 10 recipes later, the widely popular cronut was born. Although many other doughnut-croissant pastries have been developed, the original cronut is only sold at Ansel’s bakery. To get your cronut fix here in Los Angeles, make sure to visit DK’s Donuts in Santa Monica. DK’s created its own version of a cronut called the Double Decker O-Nut. These unique pastries start at just $3.95 and come in multiple flavors such as Nutella or Maple Bacon.

Tayberry

Unlike the cronut, the tayberry cannot be identified by its name alone. The blackberry and raspberry are the parents of this hybrid fruit. The tayberry has a similar shape to its parents, with its own unique color. Tayberries are purple-red and are more fragile than raspberries and blackberries. Derek Jennings created the first tayberry in 1980 at the Scottish Horticultural Research Institute. Jennings named his creation after the River Tay (“The Tay”)—the longest river in Scotland. These hybrid berries are in season for six weeks, from early June until mid-August. These tart yet sweet berries can be found at farmers markets all over the country. If you want to grow your own wine-hued berries, you can buy the plant from Burpee.com for $12.95.

Ramen Burger

The Ramen Burger is yet another food trend that got its start in New York City. For this burger, the bun is replaced by dense ramen noodle patties. Carbs replace carbs. Keizo Shimamoto, owner and operator of GoRamen.com, invented this unique dish. When this culinary creation was introduced in August 2013, New Yorkers waited in line for up to three hours just to try it. Visit Go Squared Takoyaki & Taiyaki in Torrance to get your Ramen Burger fix in Southern California. They are selling this Japanese-American hybrid for $8.

Brookie

Thanks to a Brooklyn bakery, you no longer have to decide between brownies and cookies for your post-meal treat. That’s right, you can have both in one dessert. Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, owners of Baked bakery, created what they call a brookster. The best-selling treat is simply a brownie base tart filled with a chocolate chunk cookie. In March 2010, the Martha Stewart Show provided a recipe for this hybrid dessert. The show labeled the dessert a brookie, but the recipe remains the same. Stewart recommends warming up your brookie and topping it with some ice cream. To start making these irresistible treats at home, visit marthastewart.com for the recipe and just search “brookie.”

Grapple

“Crunches like an Apple. Tastes like a Grape.” That’s been the slogan for grapples since they first hit stores in 2003. This hybrid fruit is actually an apple flavored to taste like a grape. Grapple inventor Todd Snyder created this fruit by soaking apples in a mixture of water and a flavoring agent used in grape gum. The apples maintain their crunch throughout this process, but soaked in the grape taste. The calorie count and sugar content is the same as a Gala or Fuji apple. Visit grapplefruits.com to find a store in your area that sells this hybrid fruit. The website also has grapple recipes such as Grapple Oven Pancakes and Grapple Apple Rings.