10 Scary-Looking Fruits and Vegetables You Should Cook With
Not all fruits and vegetables are as beautiful as strawberries or as elegant as asparagus but these nutritious plants deserve a chance at your table.
By Meaghan Cameron
These little papery-skin covered relatives of the tomato and the gooseberry are more tart than typical tomatoes. Try them in this Avocado and Tomatillo Dip recipe for a refreshing alternative to guacamole.
Parsnips resemble white carrots but are sweeter and slightly nutty. Since they are a root vegetable, they need to be well softened by roasting or boiling. Try them in this Carrot and Parsnip Puree recipe, a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes.
Like many people you may see this nutritional powerhouse of vitamins and minerals as a overly crinkled green and violet garnish. Once you roast this nutritional powerhouse in the oven tossed with some oil and salt, you'll wonder why you ever pushed it to the side. Try this Kale Chips recipe and be a convert.
You may shy away from these gnarled little vegetables, but you are making a mistake. Skip the can on this one. Fresh beets are slightly sweet and have a more satisfying bite. Try steamed beets in Balsamic Beets With Toasted Pecans recipe.
Another gnarly looking root, horseradish has a pungent hot flavor that when mixed with sour cream is a mouth-tingling accompaniment to many dishes. Try it in Rib Eye Tacos With Onion Jam and Horseradish Crème Fraiche. You can use the sauce with any kind of steak or even on a burger for a delicious alternative to mustard. Horseradish is a relative of the condiment.
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