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What vegetables did you try out?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Weird veggies are slowly becoming a bit of a hype around me : there's a traditional veggie calendar, supermarkets sell weird veggies. Of course, as I'm paleo (I hope so), I have to try out as much as I can.

I've tried black radish, horseradish root, celeriac, salsify, daikon, garden cress, jerusalem artichoke and lots of others :

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Now it's your turn :). What veggies did you try out recently?

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:28 AM

I never found bok choy in any store, but I found similar stuff called pak-choy.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on February 10, 2012
at 07:26 AM

Belgium. For us, this is weird stuff. If I'd ask 20 people around me if they know salsify, there won't be one positive answer :) Kale, for example, is very hard to find here too because nobody wants to eat it so they don't sell it.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on February 10, 2012
at 07:24 AM

It was weird to me too, I tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it's very tasty.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on February 10, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Strips of parsnip and carrots; roll in butter + a pinch of salt, and roast in the oven... it comes out tasting super sweet and fragrant.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Deep fried parsnip chips are good as well, dusted with curry powder and sea salt.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 10, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Well, the butter was in a liquid form and later so was the coconut creme. It was the first time for me to use the pressure cooker, but nothing bad happened.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on February 09, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Bruno - where do you live? Those are normal veg for me, I live in NY, so am curious as to location and supply/demand changes :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Cooked diced beets make a psychedelic salad with diced celery, diced cooked carrots, diced cucmumber, peas and homemade mayo.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on February 09, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Yaki-Imo! I mainly eat the Japanese sweets, but the Okinawan when I can get them are awesome. Try this with it: 12tb soft butter, 1/2tb white miso, 3tb finely chopped scallion. Combine all of it really well and top your sweet p.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:10 PM

It's good lightly stir fried or even grilled.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I usually stir fry them but I have had some bites raw too.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I like 'em roasted, in coconut oil, olive oil or bacon fat. Maybe some cloves of garlic in there. I don't even bother peeling, I just give them a scrub. Golden beets are my fave.

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Did you pressure cook them without added liquid? I didn't think you could do that.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Cooked or raw? I've seen these in the stores and wondered.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:50 PM

My parents are addicted to Chopped, they watch it 3 times a week! They always have kale for breakfast, and now they call kale cooked in bacon fat "Kale a la Chopped". Must have been prepared like that on the show, it's pretty funny!

0d83a31f4066514252a2b6fb81f05b48

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Mmmm - parsnips are lovely aren't they! I recommend having them mashed atop a pork pie = utter delight.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:26 PM

The entire thing is edible -- there is little to no difference in texture between the flesh area and the seed area. I usually just chop them up in salads and salsas, but I have added them to a roast as well.

Ef31d612a661d9fcb19c8965d3a2bd12

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:59 PM

They are squashes.

F2cd77a6d2133ca3ae5b4353c4047577

on February 09, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Honestly, I like to juice with it a lot. Makes a better tasting juice than kale. Bok choy, parsley, carrot, lime, ginger == awesome.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Oh, and most importantly, how do you eat them?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Yes, definitely these are weird! But very cool! What are they? A root, a fruit or a vegetable?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Did you eat it raw? I tried baking it but didn't like the results. My partner loved it and ended up eating all of it. I may just not be my thing.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I was afraid of that :D! I never ever saw/tasted those veggies in my first 19 years on this earth, but in 6 months I've tasted something like 30 new veggies and a couple of meats (lamb, organ meats, bones, ...). Chayote looks really funny too :)

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I've been watching the show Chopped a lot and they've always got weird fruit and vegetables I've never heard of. Makes me salivate and want to try them all!

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C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

(725)

on February 09, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Okinawan sweet potatoes. Really taste unique and look really cool!

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on February 09, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Yaki-Imo! I mainly eat the Japanese sweets, but the Okinawan when I can get them are awesome. Try this with it: 12tb soft butter, 1/2tb white miso, 3tb finely chopped scallion. Combine all of it really well and top your sweet p.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:31 PM

I just tried parsnips tonight. They're surprisingly awesome roasted with some olive oil. Much more interesting than potatoes. And purple carrots. We just joined an association that delivers veggies and fruit from local farmers to your door twice a month for a fixed cost - and you just get what's in season.

0d83a31f4066514252a2b6fb81f05b48

(907)

on February 09, 2012
at 07:47 PM

Mmmm - parsnips are lovely aren't they! I recommend having them mashed atop a pork pie = utter delight.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on February 10, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Strips of parsnip and carrots; roll in butter + a pinch of salt, and roast in the oven... it comes out tasting super sweet and fragrant.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on February 10, 2012
at 01:46 AM

Deep fried parsnip chips are good as well, dusted with curry powder and sea salt.

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0c875e97044bf838a074470caa5d630d

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I tried a fuzzy squash last weekend (it was just ok) and I bought a kohlrabi that I need to make soon. The Asian supermarket near me has all kinds of produce I've never even heard of before!

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I recently tried some Daikon radish (the white root thing pictured above). I bought it purely based on looks and a vague memory that I can make mashed radish (mash-rash?) with it. It turned out great! What an amazing flavor. I would describe it as earthy.

TO PREPARE: Pressure cooked with ghee, then added some coconut cream and cooked a bit more. Let it cool then slap it in the food processor for the 'mashed' texture. Add salt to taste.

So surprising and good. I'm looking forward to making it again.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on February 09, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Did you pressure cook them without added liquid? I didn't think you could do that.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 10, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Well, the butter was in a liquid form and later so was the coconut creme. It was the first time for me to use the pressure cooker, but nothing bad happened.

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F2cd77a6d2133ca3ae5b4353c4047577

on February 09, 2012
at 06:44 PM

May not be so exotic to others, but Bok choy - ludicrously high nutritional value. Up there with Kale.

what-vegetables-did-you-try-out?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:10 PM

It's good lightly stir fried or even grilled.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Did you eat it raw? I tried baking it but didn't like the results. My partner loved it and ended up eating all of it. I may just not be my thing.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on February 10, 2012
at 07:28 AM

I never found bok choy in any store, but I found similar stuff called pak-choy.

F2cd77a6d2133ca3ae5b4353c4047577

on February 09, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Honestly, I like to juice with it a lot. Makes a better tasting juice than kale. Bok choy, parsley, carrot, lime, ginger == awesome.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:41 PM

This probably varies person to person, and locale to locale -- none of those veggies you mentioned are "weird" to me!

I did have a new one recently, although maybe not too weird ... a chayote. Yummy!

what-vegetables-did-you-try-out?

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 09, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Cooked or raw? I've seen these in the stores and wondered.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Oh, and most importantly, how do you eat them?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 09, 2012
at 07:26 PM

The entire thing is edible -- there is little to no difference in texture between the flesh area and the seed area. I usually just chop them up in salads and salsas, but I have added them to a roast as well.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on February 09, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I was afraid of that :D! I never ever saw/tasted those veggies in my first 19 years on this earth, but in 6 months I've tasted something like 30 new veggies and a couple of meats (lamb, organ meats, bones, ...). Chayote looks really funny too :)

Ef31d612a661d9fcb19c8965d3a2bd12

(533)

on February 09, 2012
at 06:59 PM

They are squashes.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I usually stir fry them but I have had some bites raw too.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 09, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Yes, definitely these are weird! But very cool! What are they? A root, a fruit or a vegetable?

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 09, 2012
at 06:41 PM

So far, I've tried rutabaga and fennel (now favorites) and celeriac (good) and raw basil (chopped finely into a salad--yum!) and cactus strips (added to bone-broth stew they are like chewy green beans.)

My experiences have been positive so I'll definitely try others over time.

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6b9880683eb73a6d1c0c9941e8fa07eb

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on February 09, 2012
at 06:39 PM

Turnips. I somehow thought they were going to be super-bitter, but I guess perhaps I was thinking radishes? Someone online somewhere used turnips shredded as a paleo-hashbrown alternative. That's intriguing.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 10, 2012
at 01:49 AM

I eat plenty of veggies that a modern dieter won't/doesn't eat (my mother is repulsed when I tell her about my roasted rutabaga dishes - oh well).

But I've recently done roasted golden beets in coconut oil, with some "mild" Indian spices (coriander, cardamom, star anise) with rock salt - awesome.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on February 09, 2012
at 07:40 PM

We just started getting veggies "boxes" from a co-op, so we don't know what we are getting until we get it. I was hoping for some unusual stuff, but the "craziest" things we got were red kale and Swiss chard. They were excellent, but I'm hoping one day that box comes to us with something I need to Google. I love trying weird stuff because then I learn new ways to cook and eat.

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778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

on February 09, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Beets. That may not be weird to many of you, but I grew up in a corn/peas/beans house. I didn't even know what a been was until I met my husband... I boil them, peal the skin and then dice them up with butter, salt, and pepper.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Cooked diced beets make a psychedelic salad with diced celery, diced cooked carrots, diced cucmumber, peas and homemade mayo.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on February 10, 2012
at 07:24 AM

It was weird to me too, I tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it's very tasty.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 09, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I like 'em roasted, in coconut oil, olive oil or bacon fat. Maybe some cloves of garlic in there. I don't even bother peeling, I just give them a scrub. Golden beets are my fave.

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