ODD VEGGIES YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD OF- #1

We might as well have named this “How to get Dave to eat veggies” lol. It’s not that he doesn’t like them it’s that his Mom like most in the 80’s-90’s had this thing for Broccoli, and if you’re anywhere near our age you’ll recall the stuff was everywhere, not that he didn’t like it, it’s that his Mom made it mushy and frequently.

So now the poor dear has a thing against not only mushy foods but just about any green one because it turns out he got those mushy too 🙂 That’s right, there is no Green Bean Casserole going on in our house, which may dismay some who eat holiday dinner with us but to be honest even though I love green beans I’ve never like that stuff myself, the green beans in my opinion only need butter and garlic…because garlic!

Anyway, so this is my take on an article that I discovered no longer exists that used to when I linked to it in a past blog post (I’m still recovering the posts from where the whole blog went down) that was titled “Weird Vegetables You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” The only reason I’m even able to see that old post is thanks to the Way Back Machine. So to take a quote from the old post:

“The world is full of edible, healthy and flavorful roots, stems and leaves the vast majority of which you’ve probably never tasted.
In the spirit of culinary adventure, we hope this list will prompt you to titillate your palate with something new. Try replacing those carrots, potatoes, lettuce or celery with one of these exotic vegetables — that is, if you can find them. “

Now, me being me and loving to try new foods and wanting to share them I’m going to go a bit more in depth than the chincy article I saw before, I mean seriously just a few pics with a bit of text [shaking head] sad, sad, sad for such an interesting topic. I’m going to breake this down into seperate posts to give it the space it deserves.

So, where to begin? Hmm, did you know that there is actually a competitor to the potato that you’ve likely never heard of? It’s true! There are actually quite a few “tubers” out there. What’s a tuber? Ok, I can see where some might not realize that potatoes belong to a catagory besides potato if that’s all you’ve ever seen.

Tuber, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tuber&oldid=879354529 (last visited Jan. 31, 2019). – Tubers are enlarged structures in some plant species used as storage organs for nutrients. They are used for the plant’s perennation (survival of the winter or dry months), to provide energy and nutrients for regrowth during the next growing season, and as a means of asexual reproduction.[1] Stem tubers form thickened rhizomes (underground stems) or stolons (horizontal connections between organisms). Common plant species with stem tubers include potato and yam. Some sources also treat modified lateral roots (root tubers) under the definition; these are encountered in sweet potato, cassava, and dahlia.

But we’re going to talk about Oca.

So, what is Oca and why should you give it a try if you can get your hands on it? If you want the wiki scoop check out:
Oxalis tuberosa, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oxalis_tuberosa&oldid=846330208 (last visited Jan. 31, 2019)

Oca aka the “New Zealand yam” (no, it’s not a yam, lol) it became very popular thereafter it was introduced in the mid 1800’s though. Oca is a tuber that started off in the Andes and they basically look like this:

Oxalis tuberosa diversity.jpg
By LaurenjmOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Now, of course, there is more than one variety! In fact, if you swing by Cultivariable they’ve got 22 you can choose from to grow yourself. https://www.cultivariable.com/catalog/oca/oca-varieties/

While this neat vegetable can be difficult to find in North America this isn’t the case in many parts of South America where I’ve heard tell that it is only second to the potato; this great tuber is a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium and iron. Tubers in general I think are great because they are basically stored energy for a plant; insert human instead of plant and guess who’s getting the benefit of that stored energy. If you’d like to read up a bit more on the health benefits of this great veg (there’s like 10 according to that article) check out https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/new-zealand-yam/ 

At any rate, you’ve now been introduced to the Oca 😀 I’m perusing the various types that I might be able to grow myself and I don’t know if I want to go with a “sweet” variety, that is, a kind that isn’t tart because there are some (the classics it seems) that “have a flavor similar to a baked potato with sour cream” or if I’m just going to go with the classic because yum, baked potato with sour cream flavor, lol.

At any rate, if you run across this tuber give it a chance, you’ll never know if you like something if you don’t try it.

The posts of other interesting veg will likely include but are not limited to others included in the old article I’d read including Tiger Nut,
Romanesco Broccoli, Kohlrabi (I’ve grown this & it’s very tasty!), Salsify, Celeriac, Kai-Lan, Sunchoke, Samphire, Nopales, Manoic, Dulse, Yardlong (I’ve actually already grown the red noodle beans too, they’re basically delicious, long, greenbeans), Fiddleheads,

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