Exotic Vegetables around the Globe – Another Addition to your Healthy Food List

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Exotic Vegetables around the Globe – Most of the common vegetables we know today are constantly included as ingredients for your favorite dish such as asparagus, onion, beans, chives, and carrots.  However, around the globe, there are still plenty of other vegetables that you need to explore.

6 Exotic Vegetables you Might Love

Each one of them has their purpose and distinct flavor which can be a perfect addition to your recipe. There are hundreds and thousands of nutritious, exotic vegetables you have yet to discover and taste, and listed below are some of these.

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1. Bamboo Shoot

While everybody has heard of bamboo shoot, not everyone knows that it can be consumed. This exotic vegetable is typically found in Asian cuisines, and you can purchase it fresh, dried, or canned. It comes in different sizes and also carries a lot of nutrients, particularly amino acids and protein with low fat and sugar.

2. Silk Squash

Silk squash is commonly found in China and possesses a number of health benefits. Usually, people prefer to consume the immature silk squash as the mature ones tend to be bitter. When cooked, they are typically steamed, stir-fried, or deep-fried, although you can use other cooking methods depending on your chosen recipe.

3. Samphire

Samphire comes from the United Kingdom and is now becoming popular in the United States. They are commonly used as a garnish for restaurant and household foods. It can be added as an ingredient for a number of dishes as well. Its fishy and salty flavor will add to the kick of your most adored recipe such as baked white fish and sea bass.

4. Fiddleheads

Fiddleheads come from the furled fronds of young ferns, which are basically harvested for use as vegetables. For safety reasons, it is not advisable to eat them raw. The best method to clean fiddleheads, before cooking them in any other way, is by boiling or steaming them. Having a similar taste as asparagus with a hint of nuttiness, fiddleheads are so nutritious since they are rich in antioxidants, iron, fiber, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

5. Black Radish

Black radish is different from the traditional spring radishes specifically with its black color, larger diameter, texture, and flavor. This exotic vegetable has a more pungent taste and tougher texture.

Due to its flavor, you might want to cook it first before eating it. You can shred or dice black radish and add in your salad and veggie mixes. You can also roast and douse it with butter to make it more appetizing.

6. Sunchoke

Sunchoke’s taste is similar to an artichoke. This exotic vegetable is versatile as it can be added as ingredients to a lot of dishes, and it can be consumed both raw and cooked. Commonly used in salads, it is best to cut it thinly before adding to your food. You might want to eat it with moderation as it can cause bloating and gas, which may lead to flatulence or farting.


There are many noteworthy exotic vegetables you must try besides the six listed above. To widen your vegetable ingredient choices, you can look up on the internet and do your research.  Overall, these exotic vegetables will surely give you the nutrition and taste you want and need.

See also: 5 Exotic Fruits

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Katie Leslove

I have a passion for cooking different foods every day, and that’s why I have chosen it as the topic for my writings. I cook the dishes, garnish it with green veggies and snap the photo. I like to show those photos to my blog readers. Read More