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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Wellness: Vegetables Gone Wild

There are unusual properties associated with certain vegetables, but don’t let these scare you away. The nutritional benefits of vegetables far outweigh any quirky qualities! Try to match the unusual properties with the correct vegetable from the list.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Beets
  3. Brussels Sprouts
  4. Cabbage
  5. Carrots
  6. Cauliflower
  7. Okra
  8. Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Radishes

  • Some people complain that cooking this results in a slimy texture. To reduce this sliminess, remove excess moisture by leaving out at room temperature for one hour and only add salt after the vegetable has been cooked.
  • After eating this vegetable, you might end up with an interesting smell upon using the restroom. There’s nothing dangerous or unhealthy about this trait however, and it will disappear in a few hours.
  • Eating these may help you see better in the dark.
  • Similar to others in its family, when cooked this vegetable may release sulfur-smelling compounds. Cook with the lid off to allow these strong-smelling compounds to evaporate.
  • The most popular vegetable in the United States.
  • Its juice can be used in place of artificial red food coloring.
  • The main vegetable that is fermented to make Kimchee
  • With a mild peppery flavor, these can be as small as a ½ inch or grow as long as 1 ½ feet.
  • A very underrated “tiny cabbage”. Try roasting instead of steaming or boiling to bring out delicious caramelized textures and flavors.
  • Many varieties of these contain capsaicin, which is a healthy antioxidant that also contributes to spiciness.

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