What’s the Ingredient Du Jour? Charcoal

(Image credit: Piero Ferramosca | London Evening Standard)

Get ready for many of your favorite foods to come in a shocking new hue: jet black. Chefs in London, and other cities around the world, have started experimenting with adding charcoal to their dishes. You’ll find it in everything from burger buns to your favorite green juice. (The green might just be a little less vibrant.)

Activated charcoal has long been a health supplement used to treat an upset stomach, but it is just recently that chefs are finding a way to add it into their signature dishes.

The strangest one we’ve heard of yet? A charcoal Old Fashioned. Talk about smoky.

Read more: Anyone for a Charcoal Burger? London’s Latest Ingredient Is Smoking Hot from The London Evening Standard