If you want to keep up your intake of fruits and vegetables but are tired of apples and broccoli, you may wish to add some uncommon fruits and vegetables to your diet. Any of these plants may be popular in the future as many currently popular fruits and vegetables--such as pineapples--were once considered exotic.
Tomatillos, a member of the nightshade family that includes tomatoes and eggplant, serve as a key ingredient in some Mexican recipes. Like tomatoes, tomatillos are considered a fruit. These fruits are green and turn yellow when past their prime ripeness. Tomatillos have a very strong, tart flavour and are often used in green sauces.
Bitter melon, a vegetable served mostly in the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, contains iron, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin B1, B2 and B3. As the name suggests, the vegetable is very bitter and many Americans who take a taste find the experience unpleasant. Bitter melons are long and green and turn a deep orange colour when ripe.
Celtuce, native to China, is a cool, seasonal crop. The stem is used for vegetables while the leaves are often eaten in salads. Celtuce cukes are slim and straight and range from five inches to eight inches in length.
Kale is a dark, leafy vegetable sometimes used in salads and stir fries. The leaf contains a very intense, slightly bitter flavour. Kale typically grows in cool climates, such as Northern Europe. Kale is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron, and provides fibre.
Gooseberries grow in deciduous grubs that are about three feet tall and six feet wide. The buds begin perking in early spring and fruit becomes a deep pink or purple when ripe. Typically, gooseberry serves as an ingredient in jams and desserts rather than being eating on its own.