A popular method of preparation is to blanch and then cook the vegetable in oyster sauce, but as with any other dark leafy green, choy sum is also good steamed, stir-fried, or sautéed. Bamboo shoots are common. Though it tastes something like common yam, something in it makes it seem like it has healing or medicinal effects. The fruit of a tree native to Southeast Asia, these small, juicy fruits are called ‘longan,’ or ‘dragon eyes,’ because of its resemblance to an eyeball — a whitish, translucent flesh encasing a small black seed. They are crunchier when cooked. For vegetarians/vegans: We will ensure that our tour guides order only the best vegetarian dishes for you during your holiday. They are rich in vitamins A, B, and C. Chinese love to eat green leafy things that also haven't traditionally been eaten in the colder latitudes of Europe and North America. We started out extremely small and have grown significantly in the past 30 years, but it has remained our vision to provide the highest quality vegetable & fruit seeds to commercial growers worldwide. We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. Unlike common white potatoes or yams, it isn't something to be eaten every day just like you'd probably not want to eat bitter melon every day. Although related to a lychee, the longan is slightly smaller and faintly sweet, lacking the acidic taste of lychees. Seaweed is high in iodine, helps prevent goiters and other diseases, and might also prevent cancer. BY David K. Israel ... kanji, katakana, Chinese bayberry, or Chinese strawberry) is native to Southeast Asia, mainly China. It is unusual for Chinese people to eat vegetables raw, and even those we may associate with salads such as lettuce or cucumber are far more likely to come to you boiled or fried than fresh and crisp. A member of the radish family, this light, crunchy vegetable has a sweet and slightly peppery taste and is also known by its Japanese name, daikon. People buy them at a market or sprout them at home. These huge white radishes, or daikons, taste like the little round red radishes you've probably eaten, but they are milder. So far, the USDA says the seeds are for innocuous flowers, herbs, and vegetables. All Seasons Salad is a 'cut-and-come-again' mix of various Chinese leaves, Iceberg lettuces and Radicchio and Frisee leaves. Jicama one of the most unusual vegetables we’ve even seen. Weird Vegetables You've Probably Never Heard Of (PHOTOS) From Mother Nature Network's Bryan Nelson: Think you don't like to eat your veggies? It and close look-alike relatives such as yóucài (油菜 'oily vegetable') are some of the of the most frequently used kinds vegetables in the country. It is a vegetable that most Westerners haven't eaten. Black Sapote (chocolate Pudding Fruit) #14 It is more commonly pickled than xiaobaicai. Even some of the most mundane of vegetables come in surprising colours. These very healthy and nutritious vegetables are eaten all over China and are loved for improving people's health. It is a good source of vitamins such as A, C, and K to name a few. What makes lotus root seem weird to most foreigners is that they've never seen a vegetable that looks like it. As with bamboo shoots and some other Chinese vegetables, one may wonder why eat it at all since it has such a slight taste and isn't filling. For the highest vitamin content, eat them raw. The long vines can grow up to 15 feet and produce delicious tubers all season long. Photo by Holly A. Heyser. 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