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