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6 Interesting & Unusual Vegetables (Slideshow)

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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 Waldeck

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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1:00AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

really Good

12:53AM PDT on Oct 28, 2014

wonderful

1:40AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Awesome

1:34AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

gooood cause

9:21AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Amazing

9:20AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Amazing

9:33AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Yummy :D

10:51PM PDT on May 12, 2014

cool! thx.

7:25AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Purple sweet potatoes yum, colourful and tasty! Will have to try some off these other unique veggies.

7:30AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

COOL Thank you for sharing.

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