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TINA8605 SparkPoints: (99,668)
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11/19/13 11:13 P

15 out of 20...I'm getting better!!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
11/19/13 10:47 P

I drive THROUGH Newark. I never go TO Newark. I'm afraid of Newark. I've heard they have great food there, but I'm terrified of it.

I know Pomegranates are in season. Not quite $0.99 at the grocery stores here yet ($1.67 is the lowest I've seen), but we do buy them in the box at Costco when they're there.

I'll have to check Trader Joe's and Whole Foods for purple potatoes. Thanks for the suggestion. I do have an Aldi nearby as well, so that could also be a good place to check out. Who knows? I might find some other good things there. I wanted to get parmesan and/or feta cheese for a one-pot pasta dish, and they seem to have good deals. I have been wanting to do an Aldi run lately.

I did get yucca once. I am pretty adventurous when it comes to trying produce. I'll try pretty much anything at least once- maybe even twice (except papaya. I got one once and it tasted like dirty feet).

I don't necessarily think it was an incentive to eat potatoes. Her kids love purple potatoes as it is (her older daughter loves purple in general). She is a food/lunch blogger, so she likes doing the fun bento lunches for her kids- food picks stuck in things, cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes, etc. It was more of her way of making an old favorite new. This lunch happened to be a halloween themed lunch, so she had coffin-shaped sandwiches (on gluten free bread) and vampire potatoes (among other things).

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
11/19/13 7:13 P

You did FAR better than I did, at 10/29! I've got a lot of produce to try :)

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/19/13 6:56 P

I grew my own purple potatoes this summer. I often see them at Trader Joe's/Aldi and at health food stores. Sometimes my discount grocery store has them too in small mesh bags.

I guess what I don't understand is why anyone would need any ADDED incentive to eat potatoes. They are tasty and loaded with carbs just baked on their own! I've never had a problem getting kids to eat potatoes, even sans smiley faces.

Pomegranates are 99 cents right now...big, juicy, and in season!

Lissa, are you in New Jersey? You should be able to find fabulous Latin American produce (and ethnic foods) in the larger cities. I have had amazing Peruvian and Colombian food in Newark. There are TONS of people from the Andes in your state, so I bet that there are purple potatoes somewhere...and probably oca too, as well as malanga and yuca.

Edited by: AZULVIOLETA6 at: 11/19/2013 (19:01)
SKYLARGREY SparkPoints: (9,709)
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11/19/13 3:43 P

Yeah, I know very few of these, and I thought that I was pretty knowledgeable about Fruit and Veg

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
11/19/13 1:43 P

I grew up eating Zebra cakes, but I actually haven't eaten one since August (maybe September).

I would rather have a pomegranate. Unfortunately, a single pomegranate is often MORE expensive than a box of Little Debbie snack cakes.

I'm not anti-smiley potato though. I know someone (through Instagram) who doesn't eat the Smiley potatoes because of some of the ingredients (they have dye, gluten, and dairy sensitivities in the family). She made mashed purple potatoes (I've never seen a purple potato around here which bums me out immensely), and shaped them into smiley faces before baking. There's nothing wrong with that. It's a fun way of serving potatoes. (Hers were actual vampires for Halloween).

I'd do something like that for my own meals! Why not?

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11/19/13 1:24 P

The quiz is in a link in the first post at the bottom of this page. Here it is again:

Lissa, it is pretty clear that you and I just live in ENTIRELY different worlds! I did google smiley potatoes...cute but kind of creepy. I've never seen a zebra cake...anywhere, ever. If I am going to have cake, it will be gourmet/homemade and not Little Debbie. Not that I have ever tried anything made by Little Debbie...but that sort of thing just looks flat and tasteless to me. I would rather have a pomegranate, or a pitaya...or even an apple!

JRRING Posts: 1,534
11/19/13 12:52 P

where's the quiz?

WRFTAZ SparkPoints: (13,034)
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11/19/13 12:41 P

I only got 6, but this was a fun quiz.

I only got 6 because I guessed!!

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
11/19/13 11:53 A

Smiley potatoes are these french fry/tater tot things that are in the shape of a smiley face.

I do find it surprising that someone can go through life never hearing of a Zebra cake. They are EVERYWHERE. I can't avoid them!

I do shop at the farmer's market and the Asian market, and I STILL haven't heard of a lot of those things. My farmer's market has yardlong beans, but they just call them "long string beans." I'm sure I've seen more of these things- just not called by their actual name.

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11/19/13 11:37 A

Ethnic markets have lots of interesting things. I shop at a Mexican grocery store as a matter of course and I often see several of these vegetables--pepinos and nopales for example. Asian grocery stores are great too--unfortunately the closest large one is an hour away from me. I also like to go to fruit stores, which are generally run by people from other countries, at least in my area.

I've seen things like romanesco and fiddleheads at organic groceries and farmers markets.

We are even Lissa--I had never heard of smiley potatoes (still not sure what those are) or Zebra cakes until you mentioned them. I've eaten a lot of chirimoya, but have never had a pop tart in my entire life. emoticon

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11/19/13 11:14 A

Very interesting. I knew some, but I have never heard of the majority.of them. would love to though.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,338)
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11/19/13 5:40 A

Sorry, couldn't get past first one. My computer would page down or do anything.

JBALDWIN29 Posts: 5,136
11/18/13 10:32 P

I don't know most of these.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,392
11/18/13 10:29 P

I've never heard of about 99% of these. Not because I don't try. They don't HAVE any of that stuff around here.

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11/18/13 3:05 P

I just tried a new fruit this weekend--quince. It is kind of like a cross between an apple and a pear. They are hard as a rock--you can't eat them fresh, they must be baked.

Very delicious--they are like the most delicious pear you can possibly imagine. The fruit smell great too--I left them on my kitchen counter for a week just because they smelled nice.

My grandmother used to talk about these all the time--I guess it is something that used to be more common that has fallen out of fashion.

I may see if I can get some more of these to make jelly or jam.

QUEEN-EYDIE Posts: 12,467
11/9/13 2:08 P

I got 20 right. That was fun!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/9/13 12:40 P

Yes, the variety of fruits in the world is absolutely astonishing. Many of my favorites from South America are not on this list, but they aren't available in the US either.

I found this quiz on a message board that I am a part of--most of the people who took it there scored something like really is quite difficult!

TINA8605 SparkPoints: (99,668)
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11/9/13 9:07 A

My score was so low I wont even say it. But it was fun and educating. I'm one of those people that will try just about anything. Wish there would be a tasting somewhere of exotic fruits and veggies. Its amazing to me what's common in one area is unknown in others.

LKS2GAB2 SparkPoints: (37,765)
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11/9/13 8:55 A

Wow you guys are good I only got 9 correct.

PENGUINPIE Posts: 3,146
11/8/13 8:34 A

I only got 12, but that was a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing!!

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
11/8/13 7:26 A

It is end of the week
I got 14

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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11/8/13 7:23 A

Wow I actually got 19 and was amazed did!

11/8/13 4:55 A

I got 17 too - thanks for this

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
11/8/13 1:52 A

Thanks for sharing! It was educational! I only got 17!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/13 9:49 P

Darn, I can't stand cauliflower at all--supertaster.

Maybe I can find someone to foist it off on and just grow it because it is cool. :)

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
11/7/13 9:26 P

Romanesco tastes more like cauliflower than broccoli. It's pretty good. An organic farmer that sells at my local farmers market grows it.

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
11/7/13 8:21 P

I got 23. I would have gotten a few others if they'd had the names in different languages, but I also just guessed randomly at others, so 22/23 is probably fair. My favorite was the Romanesco-- I've admired it in the fancy grocery but never bought it because of the price. One of my friends got seeds a while back, but they arrived too late to plant that spring and I never heard if she tried it in the fall or this spring. Even if it didn't taste good, it's just such a beautiful thing to picture growing in your garden!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/13 8:20 P

Does anybody know if Romanesco tastes like broccoli? I want to grow it because it looks so cool--and it is readily available in seed catalogs...but I hate the taste of broccoli.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (555,056)
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11/7/13 8:02 P

Wow, you got me!!!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/13 7:05 P


Are you from Puerto Rico Sheryl?

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,317
11/7/13 6:34 P

Does anyone know what these are....?

I used to hunt for these when I was a kid.

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11/7/13 6:28 P

The freggies are (in no particular order)

mosterosa deliciosa
sunchocke/Jerusalem artichoke*
tiger nuts**
African horned melon*
kar-lan (Chinese broccoli)

*ones I've tried
*ones that I have eaten in significant quantities

Does anybody know if salsify is available in the US? I want to try it but haven't ever seen it in stores.

I am thinking of growing my own oca next year--you can buy the tubers in garden catalogs now. I used to eat a lot of them when I lived in Ecuador.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
11/7/13 6:00 P

Well done.. i got 17.... and some of those only by ruling out the things i knew it *wasn't* - and then taking a wild guess.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/13 5:45 P

Think that you know your fruits and veggies? Do you have variety in your freggie diet?
Try this fun quiz!

Warning! This quiz is difficult. I only got 22/29 and I have lived/traveled in a lot of the places where these things come from.

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