BANANA SHALLOT Shaped like a banana (hence its name), it is slightly larger and sweeter than a regular shallot. Replace it with regular shallots when it’s not available in supermarkets. SAN MARZANO TOMATO More elongated than regular tomatoes, these sweet and flavourful Italian tomatoes are used as a topping for pizzas and to make tomato paste. They are seasonally available from August to September. BUFFALO MOZZARELLA A soft, moist and creamy Italian cheese made from the milk of water buffaloes, it has a mild, earthy flavour.