Friday, May 25, 2012

Fun Facts Friday ~ Vulgar Veggies?

Eat your vegetables or there will be no dessert for you!

Do you cringe at carrots? Grow ill at the sight of Lima-beans? Do Brussel sprouts make you want to barf? If you are totally turned off by these common veggies, then you may not want to read the rest of this article because these are the weirdest of weird! And don't tell your mom or you might just find these on your dinner plate.

Goats or Oysters?

Just when you thought vegetables couldn't get any worse, meet the Goatsbeard.

This root veggie looks somewhat like a carrot, tastes like oysters and has hairy-like protrusions that resembles the beard of a goat. It can be snuck into stews and soups or chopped up and served with butter. It's popular in Europe and Asia and unfortunately, it's also being grown in Australia and the United States. Sorry kids.

Is It Alien or What?

This broccoli species called the Romanesco, may not of landed from a planet far far away but it sure looks like it.

Romanesco is light green in colour and has tree-like growths popping out from all around it, similar to a broccoli and cauliflower mix. It was originally found in 16th century Italy but has recently enjoyed a huge growth popularity throughout the world.

So what does it taste like?

You'll be happy to know that unlike broccoli or cauliflower the Romanesco has a mild, creamy, nutty flavour that isn't as bitter as its counterparts.

The First Carrots Were Purple?

How cool is that?

When carrots were first discovered way back in ancient Persia, they were purple. Over the years other strains developed, (white, orange, yellow) and our purple-pal soon became a memory. However, scientists are amazed at the super-food this carrot really is. It's high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties!

So the next time you sit down for dinner think about these 'vulgar' veggies. Perhaps the one on your dinner plate won't seem so bad after all.
Wonder Words

~ protrusions ~ something that sticks out
~ counterparts ~ a thing closely like another thing
~ antioxidants ~ a substance that inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen
~ anti-inflammatory ~ counteracting inflammation/swelling
~ vulgar ~ offensive to good taste

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