Other Vegetables

Other Vegetables
hair vegetable
hair vegetable
The Chinese add this to soups and use it as a garnish. Look for it in Chinese markets and pharmacies. It grows in the Gobi Desert.
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nopales
nopales
The canned version is acceptable substitute for fresh, but it has an inferior texture.
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rock samphire
rock samphire
This is more commonly found in Europe than in the United States.
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seabean
seabean
These crisp, salty sprigs make terrific garnishes. They're sometimes available fresh in the summer. If not, look for a pickled version in specialty food shops. These grow along the English coast.
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tomatillo
tomatillo
Tomatillos look like small green tomatoes encased in a papery husk, though they're not true tomatoes.They're pleasantly tart, and principally used to make Mexican salsas, particularly salsa verde. They're good raw, but many cooks cook them briefly in order to enhance their flavor. Frozen tomatillos are good substitutes for fresh. Store fresh ones in the refrigerator for up to a month, or cook them and freeze them.
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