Posted on June 17, 2015
One time I was touring a tortoise-rescue facility, and the care givers said that they always buy 19 or 20 different sorts of vegetables per week – whatever is fresh, rotating items purchased so that they aren't always exactly the same. That way, the turtles and tortoises got a balanced diet, overall.
We humans looked at one another and wondered why we didn't do the same!
Instead, most of us buy the same-old-same-old – a head of romaine lettuce, a carton of cherry tomatoes, and a bag of baby carrots, say – every week.
Take the day to try at least one new vegetable!
Here are some possibilities:
- kohlrabi (perhaps raw and lightly salted, or try this kohlrabi Waldorf salad)
- mizuna has a mild, peppery flavor and is delicious mixed with arugula in a salad
- zucchini blossoms! (with or without the more-familiar zucchini – try them fried or with tomatoes and pamersan)
- romanesco, perhaps the most beautiful vegetable in the world (also, perhaps the most fractal!), eaten baked, boiled, steamed, or raw
- sea beans, salty and crunchy in salads and stir-fries
- celeriac, a root like a potato, but with a lot less starch
- sunchoke or “Jerusalem artichoke,” another low-starch replacement for potatoes, perhaps roasted
- purple cauliflower and purple sweet potatoes
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