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2. Bottle Gourd

Bottle gourds are one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth — but not so much for eating! Indeed, the gourd was harvested for, well, making bottles. Across the globe, people have been carving water containers, and other eating utensils out of its sturdy flesh. It’s not just a utility vegetable, though: you can find calabash in Chinese stir-frys, Central American horchata, and North Indian lauki channa. Look for them at Asian supermarkets (they may be hard to find, though!)

Related: 10 of the World’s Strangest Fruits (slideshow)

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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12:27AM PDT on Sep 9, 2015

Fiddlehead ferns are ONLY edible while they are curled and young. Once they unfurl and age they become poisonous. So take care if you want to eat them.

4:15AM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

Very nice stuff .

9:17AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

tooo good man

8:08AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Mind Blowing

8:04AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Good Work

2:46AM PST on Feb 27, 2015

very nice indeed

12:45AM PST on Feb 20, 2015

very tasty

11:45PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

amazing superb

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