The Dark Side
Inspired by this month’s What a Dish (find the squid-inky Paella Negra on Page 69), we rounded up some more of our favorite “noir” foods. Novelties such as black ice cream or cake frosting might be OK for a Halloween party, but we’re into the natural stuff; no artificial food coloring allowed. Mother Nature knows what she’s doing. — Meda Kessler
Seaweed The fresh version is green or brown, but seaweed turns black when dried. While most are familiar with nori-wrapped rice (maki), others eat the crunchy strips as a snack. Furikake, tiny flakes of dried seaweed mixed with black sesame seeds and a tiny amount of sugar and salt, is a flavorful condiment used to season everything from rice to scrambled eggs to french fries.