Shopping for fresh produce at the farmer’s market is always an exciting experience.
Aside from getting the best, most fresh, and nutrient-packed ingredients for your family meals, the farmer’s market offers a number of less common vegetables that you might not see in the grocery store.
Here are eight of the most bizarre looking veggies you might find and their nutrition-packed health benefits.
Don’t judge them before you try them!
Purple potatoes might look abnormal, but they are almost exactly the same nutritionally as red new potatoes.
The vibrant purple inside can make an awesome addition to the color of a meal. Research also shows that new potatoes and purple potatoes are a significant source of antioxidants.
Not only do they look interesting and add flair to a meal, they can also help you fight off disease and sickness.
2. Chioggia Beets
These “candy cane” style beets have a red-striped interior. They keep their color when you cook them, but they are best served raw in salads.
Beets offer a variety of health benefits. They might be able to improve athletic performance and they are known to provide high levels of fiber, foliate and potassium.
3. Orange Cauliflower
Canadian farmers first started growing this strange-colored cauliflower about three decades ago.
A natural genetic mutation caused the plant to absorb excessive amounts of beta-carotene—the same pigment found in carrots. As a result, the flowering head of the plant turns bright orange.
It tastes the same as white cauliflower.
The added benefits of beta-carotene rich foods are numerous. Some studies suggest that beta-carotene and foods high in vitamin A—like the orange cauliflower—are excellent ways to prevent disease and cancer.