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Old 03-06-2018, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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You should try parsnips again, they're pretty good. Mild flavor, not an unusual taste.
One of the few things I won't eat.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:08 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Mmmmmm! Thatís how I make my mashed rutabaga. It takes forever for the rutabaga to get soft enough to mash, but itís so good, itís worth the wait! I have them every Xmas!
I also like rutabaga that way! As with turnips, I usually eat them on Christmas. Partially because they are hard word. But they are so good!
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Or maybe it's just me. The forgotten vegetables is rutabaga. I like it, just don't think about getting one or pass it by. I just cooked one today, probably had for a few years or more.

Never had a turnip, I would have to Google how to fix one.

Any other veggies /fruit that are around but just not so popular or overlooked?

When I was a kid, my ma once cooked a rutabaga. By unanimous vote of everyone else, that horrid thing was never served at our place again. Turnips and parsnips belong in the same class.

One fruit that is mostly forgotten is quince, a relative of the apple. It makes great jelly and I used to dice up very small bits of it to put in salads, to add some zest. I would continue that, but I no longer have a quince tree. Red currants and green gooseberries were also among my favorites, but you seldom see them for sale. I do have some wild, but non-native blue gooseberry bushes, that put on a small crop most years. How many people know that the small, dried "currants" that are sold in boxes, to sprinkle on cookies, are actually a type of tiny, seedless grape?
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:32 AM
 
Location: A neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia
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I hate most Fruits and Veggies. The odd thing is that I used to LOVE them when I was two
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Old 03-07-2018, 06:52 AM
 
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I'm a vegetarian who has never eaten any root vegetable other than carrot, potato, or yam. Wouldn't have the slightest idea what to do with one. They are so ugly just to look at. Also, ever since vegetarianism became popular, the price of vegetables and fruits is comparable to meat. People used to tell me I was lucky I was a vegetarian (because I saved so much money). Not anymore.

So why waste money buying some ugly veggie-critter you just know you'll end up putting in next week's garbage?
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Rutabagas are easy to cook. Once you get the horrible wax coated skin off. That is a chore, chop into chunks, boil until fork tender, smash, add butter, salt and pepper. They taste like something in between cooked cabbage and cauliflower. I would even add some to a slaw raw if finely chopped.

Cooked cabbage, I haven't done that for a while. Secret is to add milk to water when boiling, it seems to cut down on acidity and help make it tender.
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Old 03-07-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I had turnips once when I was a teenager; it reminded me of a potato. I have never tried rutabaga and I don't love the slimy texture of okra unless they are fried. Mango, papaya and star fruit are very popular here in Florida but I haven't had a star fruit in years. Some people by the pool where I used to live were picking small yellow berries off a tree and eating them but I can't remember what they are called.


I like most vegetables, some more than others naturally and I can't think of a fruit I hate. I don't particularly like apples or pears but I will eat them on occasion. I usually have a bowl of Ezekiel cereal for breakfast and I always add some berries: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and sometimes a banana.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:23 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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You can mix turnips in with mashed potatoes, just mash them together.

Quince jelly is another thing we sometimes get at the food shelf, or quince paste, I forget. It's a hard sell, we don't really know what to tell people to do with it.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I also like rutabaga that way! As with turnips, I usually eat them on Christmas. Partially because they are hard word. But they are so good!
We used to eat turnips when I was a kid all the time. Now, I mainly like them with a dip, yes, raw.

Purplecow, you have no idea what you are missing. Route veggies can be so much better than almost any other kind. An example: beets, they are sweet, great source of many vit and can be fixed many ways. Turnips are good raw or cooked. I could go on and on.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:53 AM
 
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Rutabagas are easy to cook. Once you get the horrible wax coated skin off. That is a chore, chop into chunks, boil until fork tender, smash, add butter, salt and pepper. They taste like something in between cooked cabbage and cauliflower. I would even add some to a slaw raw if finely chopped.

Cooked cabbage, I haven't done that for a while. Secret is to add milk to water when boiling, it seems to cut down on acidity and help make it tender.
My mom used to put rutabaga into pot roast with the carrots and potatoes. I liked it (I've always been a vegetable lover). But I never make pot roast any more so rutabaga is not something that is on my mind to buy or serve.

I don't think cabbage is particularly good boiled. My family likes it better cut into small slivers and stir-fried with some onions and Indian spices.

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Some people by the pool where I used to live were picking small yellow berries off a tree and eating them but I can't remember what they are called.
May have been mulberries (if they looked like tiny pale blackberries) or loquats (if they looked like little apricots). We have both growing here in the neighborhood and they are delicious, but never seen in stores.

Silkworms only eat mulberry leaves. When I was in third grade, my class raised some silkworms, and we got leaves from the tree on the school grounds. I always used to volunteer to pick more leaves because I could take my time and eat lots of mulberries while I was at it.
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