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Old 03-05-2018, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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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?
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Old 03-05-2018, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I eat raw turnips & cooked turnip greens. Rutabagas don’t come into our house. Never could get a bite down and I am a broad spectrum eater. I can’t think of any vegetable that is being ignored if it is available.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:02 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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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?
Cook turnips the same way you would cook rutabagas.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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The only person I ever knew who had eaten American persimmons was my MIL. I actually acquired a food mill to make persimmon puddin' once and never did it again. Persimmons have too many seeds and they don't smell that great, IMO. But if you lived in a rural area in the States decades ago, you might have eaten Persimmon Pudding at some time in your life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diospyros_virginiana

They have to be eaten after first frost, as I understand it. These are not the Asian persimmons you see now in the markets.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Persimmons grow wild in many parts of the south and no doubt they were widely used during the Great Depression. In my adolescence I was tricked into taking a bite out of a green one and it seemed like hours before the numbness went away.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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My husband forages, and knows where there are persimmons growing wild locally. And, yes, they are different than the Asian persimmon.

Paw paws are not widely consumed, partially because they neither transport nor preserve well. I grew up near a paw paw grove.

I love turnips and rutabagas...we also eat kohlrabi pretty often, and it's an uncommonly used one.

My husband is a big fan of celeriac/celery root, but it can be hard to come by locally.
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Old 03-05-2018, 11:18 PM
 
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Gooseberries, I used to love gooseberry pie when I was a kid.
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Old 03-05-2018, 11:50 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Seconding the kohlrabi, also salsify and sorrel leaves. All of these are hard to find except sometimes in the Greenmarkets.
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:21 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I canít think of any vegetable that is being ignored if it is available.
I am the same way - I eat pretty much everything, and if it's available and not insanely expensive, I will buy and eat it.
I miss the huge selection of unprocessed whole grains available overseas, though. It seem that people are not much into it here where I live. Rice rules, and you don't see on the menu barley, buckwheat, pearl millet, quinoa, or beans like fava, lima, even lentils are rather seasonal and served in a soup.
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Old 03-06-2018, 01:48 AM
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Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I don't think there is a fruit or vegetable that I dislike.

Turnips happen to be one of my favorite vegetables. Mashed with butter, cream, sea salt and black pepper...mmm.

Also, I think that more Americans are eating fresh vegetables than they did in the post WWII era - 50s, 60s, 70s. and I think more people are enjoying more vegetables and fruit than they ever have in my life time.
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