When people had more time they grew and prepared much of their own food.

We make time.

  • Romaine lettuce growing in a raised bed at Guerrera Restaurant

Do it yourself

We grow a fair percentage of the food we serve at Guerrera within meters of the kitchen. Given what is available locally ,it's a necessity. But we also do it out of respect for the types of cuisines we've chosen to make, which deserve better than packaged and processed ingredients. It’s not cheap, not glamorous, and it's extremely hard work but without a doubt--quite gratifying---when it succeeds.

Some items are seasonal, and others, like rice, are available year round. This cultivation program is one of the personal signatures at Guerrera and the do-it-yourself ethic carries through all the way to the plate.

The products we grow below create sauces, pastes, fillings, and scores of derivative products.

All Made by Hand.

Lemongrass:

yearlong, easy, good against insects too

Uses:

Everything!

Thai Basil

yearlong, easy

Uses:

stir-fries, curries, soups, , sauces, cocktails

Peppermint

yearlong, aggressive, watch out!

Uses:

spring rolls, , wraps,salads, ice cream

Rau om

grows easily in rice paddy, unique citrus flavor with touch of cumin

Uses:

sour soups, salads

Viet Mint

(rau ram)-peppery, spicy, easy -but hard to contain

Uses:

salads, wraps, herb plates

Cilantro

Undisputed drama queen of the garden. Just too sensitive to keep steady supply.

Uses:

Kaffir lime

(leaves) deep, concentrated citrus aroma

Uses:

Everything!

Dill

in progress , looking good

Uses:

fish, salads

Spring onions

plentiful locally but so easy

Uses:

Everything!

Galangal

king of all rhizomes

Uses:

everything

Ginger

plentiful locally; back up for galangal

Uses:

soups, marinades

Turmeric

backup for powder; versatile

Uses:

satay, fish, soup, curries

Thai chili pepper varieties

plentiful locally ; grows easily

Uses:

everything!

New Mexican chili varieties

in progress

Uses:

nam priks, rellenos, sauces

Ghost/Scorpion peppers

hottest chilies on the planet

Uses:

cautiously in sauces

Papaya

plentiful locally

Uses:

salads,desserts. meat tenderizer

Calamansi

plentiful locally; long term project

Uses:

Everything!

Fig

super long term project

Uses:

Salads, desserts

Ketnip/Shiso

( leaves) in progress

Uses:

Salads, wraps

Romaine lettuce

Seasonal, can't take the monsoon

Uses:

Salads, rice, wraps

Lolla Rossa

in progress

Uses:

Salads, rice, wraps

Red rice

year round, but watch for the little birds.

Uses:

everything!

Sticky Rice

coming October 2015

Uses:

to pair with any thai dish, desserts

Coconut

picked within meters or local markets

Uses:

milk, cream,( no opening cans here!)

Any more?

It never stops at Guerrera.