A trivia question for June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month: What vegetables top the U.S. 10 best-seller list? (Potatoes, head lettuce, tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, corn, broccoli, green cabbage, and cucumber) Now, reach beyond those to meet the day’s goal for fruit and vegetable servings: five to nine a day. In the vegetable category, go for beets, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, red pepper. Or try something more extraordinary.
Commit to trying one new vegetable today.
- In a tossed salad
- As a raw, finger-food snack
- In a quick stir-fry
Try one of these specialty vegetables today:
- Celeriac (seh-LER-ee-ak), a sweet, celery-flavored root, tastes good raw or cooked.
- Chayote (cheye-OH-tay), mild in flavor, can be prepared like
- Fennel looks like celery, tastes like anise. Slice the raw bulb and stalks; add to salads or enjoy with a dip. The leaves are great in salads, too.
- Hearts of palm, fresh or canned, blend nicely in salads. No cooking needed.
- Kale, a leafy vegetable, can be enjoyed raw or cooked, like spinach.
- Kohlrabi (KOHL-ra-bee) tastes like a turnip. Cook it in soup or stew, or enjoy it raw and crunchy.
- Tomatillo (tohm-ah-TEE-oh) looks like a small green tomato with a paper like husk. It adds citrus like flavor to salad and salsa.