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20 Heirloom vegetables

After my previous fruit lists I have had some requests for a vegetable list, the research of which led me to a shocking discovery. In my plight to discover if I could use tomatoes for this list, I discovered that half the vegetables that I thought where vegetables, aren’t technically vegetables at all, but rather fruit. Technically speaking a fruit grows from the ovary of the flower and contains seeds. That means that tomatoes, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, peas, beans, courgettes and peppers are all technically fruit and not vegetables. On a technical level a vegetable is any edible part of a plant excluding the fruits, so stems, roots, leaves and flowers. For this list I have decided to go with the less technical classification of – If you generally cook it, it is a vegetable, tomatoes included.

Heirloom vegetables are vegetables that are not cultivated for public consumption, or sold to the public. Laws in certain countries like the UK, prohibit the sale of any vegetables not on a national list. These plants have instead been handed down by families and cultures as the name suggests, and their species have been carried on for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. This just means that there are literally thousands of varieties of vegetables that you have probably never even thought existed. For instance, did you know that the oldest records of carrots (pre 900AD) is from Afghanistan and was anything but orange? In fact it is believed that orange carrots were created from a mutation by the Dutch to honor their royal family in the 1700s. In this list we will take a look at some of these strange, lost vegetables, all of whose seeds can be purchased online. I have not done the list in any special order, as there is really no choosing which is better when it comes to such awesome vegetables.


20

Forbidden Rice

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Some other heirloom varieties: Red quinoa, Madagascar pink rice.

This rice, native to China, is one of several species of black rice. When cooked this rice turns a dark purple color and it has a nutty flavor similar to brown rice. It is high in anthocyanin (a powerful antioxidant), vitamin B, niacin, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. It is believed that the name Forbidden rice was given to it, as only the royal family was allowed to eat it.

19

Magenta Sunset Chard

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Some other heirloom varieties: Flamingo chard, Rainbow chard.

This is a beautiful species of chard, also known as spinach beet or leaf beet. It has dark green, almost flat leaves and a very attractive magenta stalk. It is a very tolerant variety and can withstand both high temperatures and light frost. It can be used to replace Pac choi or spinach in any meal and adds a lovely color variety to foods.

18

Dragon Tongue Bush Bean

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Some other heirloom varieties: Golden wax bean, Royal burgundy beans.

This is a Dutch heirloom bean that has striking purple stripes mottled over a bright yellow color. They are also very versatile and can be eaten raw as a snap bean, cooked with the shells, or shelled in soups and stews. They have a unique, clean, vibrant flavor and are very popular with gourmets and chefs.

17

Watermelon Radish

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Some other heirloom varieties: Black Spanish radish, Brightest breakfast radish.

This is a large root vegetable that grows to about the size of a baseball. It forms a part of the horseradish family and has a mild peppery flavor. The watermelon radishes look, as the name states, very similar to a miniature watermelon. It has a soft green to white exterior and is bright pink on the inside. All radishes are high in ascorbic acid, folic acid and potassium and they make a good source for calcium, magnesium and copper.

16

Weebee Little Pumpkins

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Some other heirloom varieties: Amish pie pumpkins, Casper pumpkin.

These miniature pumpkins are an American heirloom variety (although the U.S. does not forbid the sale of heirlooms like some other countries do) and can easily fit into the palm of your hand. They are perfect for single servings, have a great sweet flavor and are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and beta carotene. They are also easy to carve for Halloween and are the perfect size for tea light candles.

15

Sweet Chocolate Peppers

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Some other heirloom varieties: Bullnose sweet peppers, Purple beauty pepper.

These are sweet peppers with a difference. They turn from green to a rich chocolate color as they ripen. The color is presumed to come from a combination of a dark purple skin and the brick red flesh on the inside. These peppers have very large yields and are very sweet in taste. They make a wonderful edition to salads and are considered a gourmet variety in the U.S.

14

Precoce d’Argenteuil Asparagus

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Some other heirloom varieties: Mary Washington asparagus.

This is an ancient French heirloom variety that grows large spears. They have a fantastic taste and are very tender. The plants are hardy and can survive for many years, but tend to only start producing worthwhile crops by their second or third year. They have a base color of green, with purple colored scales, but can also occur as a more solidly purple color.

13

Japanese White Egg Eggplant

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Some other heirloom varieties: Rosa Bianca eggplant, Thai green eggplant.

This is a stark white, egg shaped, Japanese heirloom eggplant or aubergine. It is the epiphany of the name as the fruit perfectly resembles white eggs, quite the opposite of the more common, much larger purple eggplants. The plant is high yielding and will usually continue bearing fruit if you continue to harvest. Some of the fruit could turn into a vibrant yellow color, but these tend to be bitter.

12

Violetta Italia Cauliflower

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Some other heirloom varieties: Romanesco cauliflower, Rosalind.

These plants sport stunning, large, bright purple cauliflowers. They are delicious raw with a dip, as well as cooked or steamed. Cauliflowers are high in dietary fibre, foliate and vitamin C, but this purple variety also boasts with high levels of anthocyanin, which can slow blood clotting and prevent heart disease.

11

White Star Sprouting Broccoli

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Some other heirloom varieties: Purple sprouting Rudolph, Zamboni Rapini.

White sprouting broccoli is one of two sprouting broccolis, the other is purple. Sprouting broccoli tends to taste better than shop broccoli, but out of the two, the white is much more tender and sweet than the purple. They form lots of small heads at the end of stalks instead of one large head. These deliciously tender plants are high in Vitamin C, K, B6 and B9.

10

Gold Rush Zucchini

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Some other heirloom varieties: Costata Romanesco, Round zucchini.

Gold rush zucchinis or courgettes are bright yellow in color. They have become a popular choice for the vegetable patch and have been found to be less watery and seedy than other varieties. They have a great mild flavor when eaten both raw and cooked. This plant is also extremely resistant against pests, and will not be affected, even is another species of squash right next to it becomes infected.

9

White Scallop Squash

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Some other heirloom varieties: Golden custard patty pan, Patisson Panaché Vert e Blanc.

This is an ancient Native American heirloom patty pan squash that is highly resilient and can withstand most squash bugs and vine borers. They have a clean white color and a superb taste. They are best when eaten young or immature but can be harvested at any growth period. They are high in magnesium, niacin and vitamins A & C.


8

White Detroit Beetroot

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Some other heirloom varieties: Burpee golden beet, Chioggia beet.

This is a stark white variety of beet that has tender, sweet, flavorful roots. These beets makes a good alternative for use in cooking light colored foods such as chicken, as it will not stain your food purple like ordinary beets do, but still retain the delicious sweet flavor of regular beetroots. They are also high in potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus.

7

Blue Hopi Corn

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Some other heirloom varieties: Mandan Bride corn, Saskatchewan Rainbow Flint corn.

This is a dark blue, almost black variety of corn. It is an ancient heirloom from the Hopi Native Americans, to whom it was a staple food for thousands of years. This corn is generally ground to make blue corn flower and is courser than the yellow and white variety’s, but has a sweeter and nuttier flavor.

6

Purple Italian Globe Artichoke

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Some other heirloom varieties: Romanesco artichoke, Spined artichoke.

This is an old Italian heirloom variety and produces large purple artichoke heads that are more resistant to heat and cold than green varieties. These beautiful globes are highly coveted by chefs for their tender texture and striking color. The plant has silvery leaves and also makes a beautiful ornamental plant in any garden.

5

Giant Red Celery

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Some other heirloom varieties: Tender crispy celery, Golden Pascal celery.

This is a deep red variety of celery. It is extremely frost and cold resistant and has a wonderful flavor. It looks amazing in a garden as an ornamental plant, thanks to the dark pink red stems. This variety is great raw or eaten in soups and stews and will add a great splash of color to your food.


4

Peter Pepper

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Some other heirloom varieties: Black Hungarian, Explosive ember.

These strange heirloom peppers are also sometime called penis peppers due to their strange phallic shape. They can be found in red and yellow and has a medium heat. These peppers are considered rare and their origin is unknown, but seeds can be purchased from private suppliers and growers.

3

Purple Majesty Potato

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Some other heirloom varieties: Mountain rose potatoes, Viking purple potatoes.

This variety of potato is a true sight of amazement. It has both a bright royal purple color on the outside and on the inside. It contains high amounts of anthocyanin, which is a strong antioxidant found in other purple plants like aubergines. Regardless of the strange appearance, this potato tastes exactly like other white varieties of potato, and it does not lose its color during cooking. This can be used to put an interesting twist in ordinary dinner dishes, by having purple chips or purple mash.


2

Banana Legs Tomato

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Some other heirloom varieties: Mr stripy tomato, White wonder tomato.

This is a small, oblong shaped, yellow tomato with pale stripes. This plant yields extremely high amounts of fruit near the end of the season. The fruit are quite sweet and fleshy and looks great in a salad or as a more interesting tomato paste. They make a good replacement for ordinary cherry tomatoes and can be eaten straight off the plant.

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Loonar White Carrots

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Some other heirloom varieties: Dragon purple carrots, Atomic red carrots.

Even though the oldest known carrots where mostly yellow and purple, white carrots have still been around for longer than orange ones has. These lunar white carrots are sweet, tender and almost completely cordless. They have a mild carrot taste and look beautiful in salads, but can replace orange carrots in any dish. As these carrots don’t have any pigment, their nutritional value is slightly lowered, but they do contain health promoting phytochemicals.



  • Swak

    Fascinating

  • arf

    I think number 3 is called UBE

    • gabi319

      Ube is a yam. Its taste is more along the lines of a sweet potato while it says in item 3 that the Purple Majesty Potato tastes like a white potato.

    • mrbrytsyd

      I think UBE in English is Purple Yam… UBE and Gabi are related while Patatas and Kamote are… They are different…

      • Christine Vrey

        They Might look like sweet potatoes or Yams, but I kid you not, they are ordinary potatoes, and tastes like ordinary white potatoes.

      • Maggot

        UBE and Gabi are related

        @gabi319 – is there something here that you’re not telling us?

        • gabi319

          So I suppose the truth would’ve had to come out eventually…

          I am not a person. I am a Taro root pretending to be a person on the internet.

    • chela

      Ube looks different too. it looks more like a turnip than a potato.

  • Amrendra

    Really good list. You are the queen when it comes to writing about fruits and vegetables…yehhhhh!!!

    • Christine Vrey

      Aaaaw, Thats realy sweet, Thank you! ….. Contrary to popular belief, I dont just enjoy writing about plants…. I enjoy writing about anything to do with nature! Our natural world facinates me. I find a cool animal or a interisting plant, or even an unusual geological formation, much more facinating and wonderfull than people and how we have affected the world…. If you have any interisting tid bits about nature and would like some more information on it, without doing the research yourself, I would love to do it for you… Knowledge is POWER

      • Amrendra

        I have not missed a single list written by you on Listverse. I love way you write with passion and such good knowledge. Short and crisp. I myself live in nature and I myself love everything and anything to do with it. Now a days its hard to find good passionate writers like you. Thank you for sharing this with us and I look forward to more amazing lists from you. When it comes to your field, you are simply the best!!!

        • Lifeschool

          Maybe you two should get a room?

          • John

            Really? I see nothing wrong with any of the comments

          • Amrendra

            Grow up Lifeschool!!!

        • Scott

          No, Lifeschool is right; that post was way overboard.

          • Chrystal

            Agreed. I’m convinced Lifeschool wants the writer’s babies.

      • Maggot

        Contrary to popular belief, I dont just enjoy writing about plants…. I enjoy writing about anything to do with nature!

        Great list as usual Christine. Sorry but to me you will always be the Plant Girl. When you wrote about volcano lakes awhile back, I was so confused and panic-stricken that I spent the entire day huddled under my desk in the fetal position waiting for the madness to end.

      • Planet Earth

        @Christine Vrey

        Great List Christine ! I would love to know you’re opinion about Monsantos ?

        • Christine Vrey

          Wow, I had actually never heard of them until you just mentioned them… Ill make the next list about genetically engineered plants =)

          Maggot – Im sorry for confusing you =P Ill try to stick to my given title, but if I find something extreamly facinating, I HAVE to write about it….

  • Stu Miller’s Gust

    Great job! These beautiful veggies encourage people to eat a healthier diet.

  • Amrendra

    Some nice additions from India where vegetables form a stable diet as lot of people are vegetarians; Snake gourd, Drum sticks, long melon kakri, lotus stem or kamal kakri, bitter gourd, Bhoot Jholakia (hottest chilli in the world), Tinda Gourd, Red Okra, Purslane etc etc.

  • Ham’b!

    Very interesting. DEFINATELY beats the crap out of the ‘opinion only’ 10 important losses to humanity bull s list

    • Mira Bel

      LOL!!!

    • Arsnl

      Opinions list= 420 comments
      Obituare list (one considered to be good)=60 comments.
      This list=max 80-90 comments.
      This shows we want to get enraged, we want to complain and whine. You’re still at it after 2 days. Like it or not getting pis*sed off and some other activities pushes us to react aka to feel alive. It’s how we are. And we like to show everybody how mad we are. And any type if reaction is a good reaction (see kim kardashian, rebecca black, beiber). So yeah. Ryan thomas kinda won.

      • Thats a real shame,too.

        • Tomato

          I’m so enraged by this list, grrr! Seriously, maaaan! Like, all these opinions about the order of vegetables really makes me just…. arrgh!

          Anyway, comparing Ryan Thomas to Rebecca Black is just awful. Never compare an interlectual, considerate artist to Ryan Thomas like that. Just Wow.

          But I’m still too worked up about these vegetables…

      • Christine Vrey

        Hahaha, OMW you guys are so funny…. Rage against the Veggetarians =P… I dont think a list’s popularity should be judged by the number of comments that the list recieves… especially if 90% of the comments are simply telling the writer that he is a oppinionated turd, that should seriously concider keeping his narrow minded thaughts to himself… So no…. Ryan did not win…. Ryan was simply told by MANY people, how much they all hate him….

        I wouldn’t normally bitch about another list writer, but it dissapoints my entire day when I see his lists because then I have nothing good to read at work…

        • Christine Vrey

          Haha, Enema you make me laugh so much… and I think a list like the one you proposed would get 1000 comments easily, all of them telling you what a horrible, biast, oppinionated person you are… LOL, just like Ryan’s do at the moment =/… Honestly – Having one person comment and tell me that they like my list is soooo much better than having 50 people bitch about how bad it is… But thats just my oppinion, dont hate me for it =D

      • flgh

        So it’s better to have 420 people call you a bastard than to have 60-90 people call you a good person?

        • Christine Vrey

          NO, not at all…. It is much nicer and more rewarding to have even a few people comment positively on a list that took hours to write, than to have hundreds of people hate every word that you put on paper…. I almost feel bad for Ryan… But not realy, just becuse he is the way he is.

          I am very happy and content with a average of 60 – 80 positive comments per list and only 10 or so negative… I would probably stop writing lists on here if I ever got more negative comments than positive =)

          • mom424

            Comment count does not always reflect page views – unless of course it’s a God/Religion list; brings the whack jobs out of the wood work. Sometimes a list just p i s s e s the faithful off enough to provoke many comments. Luckily this doesn’t happen too often – our revered leader slips up very, very rarely.

          • Arsnl

            This just shows that people are much more willing to post negative comments than positive ones. And I cannot grasp that concept. Are we really more moved by the bad than the good?

            And another thing: why do we complain so much? And since when no getting offended become the norm? Our views should be challenged by others. Im pretty sure a list about how great evolution is, would have gotten booed if written in the medieval ages (just ignore the anachronism) . There is truth in opposite views too.

            PS: ” I almost feel bad for Ryan… But not realy, just becuse he is the way he is.”
            Do you personally know Ryan Thomas? You can’t win arguments with ad hominem attacks. You just know his writing style, and i think it is poor judgement on your part to feel sorry for him.
            And no i am not ryan thomas but geesh let’s all get over him. If i don’ like a list i just don’t comment on it. Simple as that. Im pretty sure no one ever saw my comment and said wow what a beautiful and balanced article, I should do what he says.
            http://xkcd.com/481/

      • Slappy

        An enraged drunken poltergeist? Go fo it! You’re two-thirds of the way there already.

  • Mira Bel

    Wow, very cool list!! And very well researched. The potatoes and cauliflower were awesome entries :)

  • Bullamakanka

    To think that some places don’t allow these? What idiocy is that?

    • Christine Vrey

      Yeah, I think it is quite silly. Britain and the whole of Europe is coverned by lists of produce that is allowed to be sold. Doing this has actually weakend the strains of common vegetables, which has become a lot less resistant to many types of pests than the heirloom varieties…

      • look-at-that-spelling girl

        um, interesting list, i agree. but i was reading your comments (and the article) and i realised that you made so many spelling mistakes. considering you spent so much time on research, i would think you would know how to spell correctly too. are you having it dictated or something? it’s flour. not flower. coarser. consider. not concider. wonderful. not wonderfull. and etc.
        oh yes, small things, i know, but perfection lies in the small things :)

        • MeDan

          The spelling thing is sometimes a puzzle as Jamie has said his editing process consists of running spell-check and that would have caught many of these. This is another reason why I tell young writers they have to learn grammar and spelling; you can’t depend on editors.

          I’m a former editor and I sure wouldn’t depend on me.

  • DanF

    You didn’t realise a Tomato was a fruit?

    I was expecting to be bored by this list as I am not a fan of food lists but i quite enjoyed it, well done

  • antonlavey

    very cool list, hard to go wrong with food. Several on here id like to try.

  • gabi319

    Enjoyable list, Christine. Just as good as the fruits one.

    When reading the opening paragraph about tomato fruit vs vegetable, did anyone else think of Andy Rooney’s produce rant? “…I don’t care what anyone says, tomatoes are a vegetable!!…”

    • Slappy

      gabi, I thought of the line from Big Bang Theory where Sheldon Cooper says, “Something’s either wrong or it isn’t. Wrong isn’t subject to degrees.” and the guy answers, “Of course it is. It’s wrong to say a tomato is a vegetable. It’s VERY wrong to say it’s a suspension bridge.”

  • gav

    Only proves our supermarket produce sections should be twice as big.

  • Will Trame

    Nice list to get one’s appetite whetted before breakfast. Me favourite vegetables include broccoli, spinach and corn. The list recalls one of me favourite Frank Zappa lyrics from 1967: “if you call any vegetable chances are that vegetable will respond to you”. Okay, sarcasm off. Happy Veterans Day.

  • Sona

    Loved the cauliflower :D would love to see that in a salad :)

  • Sherwin

    i want to admit that i dont know all the vegtables in the list :D

  • Mindseye

    A few of these items are quite easy to get at the markets and such, like red quinoa, thai green eggplant and violette cauliflour. All are very tasty.

  • oouchan

    I’ve had the Blue Hopi Corn in several varieties from chips to tortillas to a corn salsa. It’s not bad. Just getting used to the color is one thing. :) I liked this topic. Have only heard of 4 of these previously. I would love to try the Japanese White Eggplant. That looked good. Also, it looked like the Watermelon Radish was winking at me. Odd…..

    Interesting list.

  • My moms loves the purple potatoes and I gotta admit first time I saw em I was kinda bewildered. But the really do taste like a normal potatoe. A little too small to make a baked outta one but great as mashed or even just chopped n lightly fried chip chunks. Good stuff. Makes me wanna plant a garden.

  • Lifeschool

    Another strangely interesting list – thanks for posting. I never knew there were so many purple vegetables! I guess you could have made a list on just those alone and it would have been just as good. Imagine a purple three course meal! That would be crazy!

    I wish farmers could get subsidised for growing ancient varieties and then we could see the re-introduction of these on the highstreet. The only alternative at the moment seems to be to grow them from seed – but which might make an amazing rainbow vegetable garden for a primary school project…

  • After a pair of lists that just didn’t work for me, this one was fantastic. Tons of interesting vegetables – none of which I’ve tried, and many of which I want to (you can keep the asparagus, artichoke, and eggplant).

    • guyinasuit

      The pumpkins make good pie, I bought them once in California.

    • Ahsan

      Man I absolutely love this write-up and it was so cblemndaome so I am surely going to bookmark it. One thing to say the exceptional research you have done is trully exceptional ! No one goes that extra mile these days? Well Done .. Also another advise to you is that you shouldinstitute some Translator for your Global Readers !!

  • Lisa Marie

    FANTASTIC LIST! I want to try all the unusual coloured veggies like the cauliflower. Some time ago, I ate ‘purple’ potato chips, it did not resonate well with me, and I am guessing a few people well as I have not seen the product since. I think it must have been the fact that it was purple and potato chips with a movie and a cola, somewhere it did not mesh (visually ?). Anyway, I LOVE this list! Moarrrrrr!

    • Christine Vrey

      Did the purple chips taste the same as white ones?? Food carries so many strange perseptions… Like the way people in the west wont eat insects even though they are much higher in protein than beef… Or the way some many Asian countries would eat dog when people in the west would die before eating “a pet” and the way the the French eats horse meat whilst the horse enthusiasts get light headed at the thaught… I probably won’t eat severly strange things knowingly, but if I was blindfolded and it tasted good… anything goes =) even purple chips!

      • Slappy

        Christine, there have been some experiments done where people are asked to eat certains foods in rooms that are flooded with different colors of light. They found that the color of the light affects the perception of the food, changing the taste and smell and even the peceived texture. In rooms flooded with green light, meat is almost inedible. So I’m sure the color of the food itself would have a perceptible difference.

      • gabi319

        It’s been a while but I’m pretty sure there is purple majesty potato in some of those fancy variety vegetable chips (the ones that make chips out of potato, beet, radish, yam, etc.). If it’s the same chips I’m thinking of, then you’re right in that in tastes like a white potato. I would say it’s denser and a little bit tougher to chew but it could also be the way it was cut or cooked that made it that way.

        You’ve given me a sudden craving for those chips. I hope I have enough time to buy some before work tonight…

  • Jo-Ai

    The Japanese eggplant looked like an egg of an angry bird. This list is so cool… I would love turning that eggplant into “Torta”

  • luoguanxi

    Many botanical references don’t even mention the term vegetable, which used more as a legal, or grocer’s, term to distinguish fruits like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, beans, and corn – and not so much from those that are normally cooked, but as from fruits that are usually sweeter than those normally referred to as vegetables.

    Strictly speaking, the botanical description of a”fruit” is basically the mature ovary of a flower, the seeds of which are usually found inside (the strawberry being the lone exception, the seeds of which are found on the outside). The word vegetable is often used, botanically and by horticulturists, to distinguish those plants wherein other edible parts are taken, as from roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, tubers, and other edible parts.

  • myself

    Enjoyed the list. Thanks.

    What’s the difference between a mild, white carrot and a parsnip?

    • Christine Vrey

      A parsnip is still a parsnip, and tastes like a parsnip…. White carrots are still carrots and tastes like carrots

  • kaemae628

    Wow, very interesting list ! Makes me want to eat more vegetables ^_^.

    I wanna ask though, how come there are heirloom vegetables? Why are they prohibited to be sold to the general public? From the descriptions they seem to be better varieties.

  • vanowensbody

    Another great list. Those purple vegetables are amazing to see.

  • aimee

    this was a fairly horribly written list. it may be interesting, but the writing quality was atrocious.

    • bigski

      so is yours…..

  • guyinasuit

    I haven’t posted in a few days, due to the surprising lack of public computers in Portugal. :/ But, a good list for my return to Vancouver. I would love to try some of these, especially number 7.

  • YTREW

    I never really liked reading about plants..until Christine Vrey wrote about them. You never fail to fascinate me, thanks!

    • Christine Vrey

      =) Glad I could get you interisted!

  • Samantha

    Oooh I had no idea the peter peppers were rare. My mother-in-law grew some just last summer. lol

  • Ni99a

    I HATE vegetables. I know they are important and healthy all that shit but can someone create a diet that completely eliminates vege(the non technical one or in other words the one we hate since our childhood) from my diet.

    • CutieCobra

      A dietician informed me once that some people can detect an unpleasant acidic taste in vegetables; this is a genetic “defect”. Maybe your tastebuds are sensitive to this yucky flavor? I am not a fan of veggies myself, so I substitute extra fruits into my diet.

  • bigski

    great list as usual….

  • mom424

    Very interesting – I’m thinking that maybe heirloom vegetables are treated differently here in Canada. We can purchase some of these at Farmers’ markets and some in the grocery store. You may pay premium for them, but they are available; Purple Majesty Potatoes, blue corn, romanescue cauliflower, Goldrush zuchinni, Chocolate peppers.

    It’s a good thing that someone somewhere is propagating these old species; if some sort of virulent pathogen attacks modern varieties, we’d be screwed without it.

    Nice job.

  • Slappy

    Christine, now that you’ve conquered fruits and vegetables, it’s time for the next big challenge: BERRIES. If you were surprised to discover that tomatoes are a fruit, I think you’ll be devastated by what’s considered a berry.

    • Christine Vrey

      I have aready recieved that shock!! Whilst doing the fruit lists I came across many “berries” that I never expected as such… =) Maybe another list!?

  • Star Trek Nerd

    Dragon beans may look neat but you try cleaning them and trimming them for two hours, not so interesting after that.

  • Christine

    Is number 9 a pokemom ?

  • Maggot

    Interesting list, I enjoyed it. Might’ve considered expanding your intro discussion distinguishing fruits from vegetables to talk about grains as well, since you included two (rice, corn). Seems like people don’t typically consider these to be a fruit OR a vegetable, but a separate category. Well folks think of corn as a vegetable I guess, but wheat, rice, barley, etc.? Not usually thought of as such. But of course, grains are fruits too. Which is just nuts. Speaking of which…

  • Jon

    I love lists like these. :D

  • dxc93

    Really interesting list but there were so many grammatical errors e.g. where instead of were and variety’s instead of varieties. Just a bit annoying

    • Danzie

      I have to agree… The list was very interesting but the author doesn’t seem to have much of a grasp on correct spelling and grammar which I think is just as important as content. I’m surprised that there aren’t more comments on it.

      Still an amusing list, though.

      • ARSE

        ohhh look at me….shut the f**k up b**ch. How is that just as important as the content? who makes up the rules of grammar? we did, it humans made it up. If you cannot take in knowledge because of a few human errors you are f**king retarded. Go to hell you dirty skanks.

    • ARSE

      Shut the f**k up you C*nt. You f**king b**ch. Why dont you create a list on how proper grammar came to be. Why dont you explain the history of it and were the rules came from.

      • Sgt. York

        You are abysmally stupid.

        • Christine Vrey

          ARSE – Thank you for defending me =) I konw my seliplng can be dvaetstaing at tmeis, but cncoiedirng olny the frsit and the lsat ltetres in a wrod nedes to be cerocrt for yuor bairn to raed, I think everyone will survive. Besides, I realy enjoy writing lists =)

  • Mystic Snowfang

    Great, now I want food…

  • Tim

    Thank you for this informative list.

  • LongDongSilver

    Those purple potatoes look awesome

  • Steve

    Really cool list but I suppose I’m going to have to do my own research now on where to find these. I’m not so much interested in actually eating them as in growing them. It would have been nice if you would have done that for me but I can’t expect everything can I (note that last part was a joke)

    • Christine Vrey

      I have already decided, from writing this list, that I want to grow a HUGE veggie garden one day when I have space. You can order all the seeds online, but just be carefull and read the revews before you order from a specific company because I have come across one with bad revews…. The people say their seeds won’t germinate =/ Here is some links though and let us know how it goes, if you end up growing amazing purple cauliflowers and white brocolli… =)
      http://www.heirloomseeds.com/ http://rareseeds.com/ http://www.victoryseeds.com/

  • Sgt. York

    Loonar White Carrots caused the breakup of The Smiths.

    • Skippy the Impaler

      Was that Yoko Loonar that caused that? Well, 1 out of 2 ain’t bad…

  • moopersoup

    I’m planning an heirloom garden now. Some of these have already been grown in my yard(the White Scallop Squash and maybe that asparagus too).

  • victimofcircumstance

    #12 looks too pretty! :D

  • Deedee

    The Japanese White Egg Eggplant and Purple Majesty Potatoes were beautiful!!

  • ruby

    great list ! any veges in this list could be in any number.. in fact all of them deserves #1 :D

  • Ooh, those look yummy. I’m going to look for some seeds. This spring I’m planning to make a little kitchen garden in a raised bed, and plant just a few of several varieties of veggies. Thanks for an interesting list.

  • Lunar Goddess

    Yup Number 3 looks a lot like ube… And theres also a yellow yam much sweeter…and the forbidden Black Rice, isnt that what we use here in the Philippines to create a violet-colored suman? Its like what they call “malagkit” (sticky) rice.

    and number 9 looks like alugbati to me of a different variety though. The one in the picture has thinner leaves. And we have the white eggplant in the garden :)
    it usually comes green then turns white

  • Hilltop singer

    I would love to know which veg have been banned here in the UK???

  • Bex

    VEGGIES!!! OM-NOM-NOM!!! great list christine! very informative & fresh too! straight to the point but i learned alot about each & every veggie. there are so many ive never even seen until now :) i love food lists. this one caught my attention for sure. great job :D

  • Hawkeyegirl

    I think you mean epitome, not epiphany- in regards to #13

  • bayu

    please give some cauliflower seeds for free

    please ….

    I am in Indonesia

    I let you know via email

    • alliana

      you

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  • alliana

    it is an ugly site

    • bea

      correct

  • Reblogged this on Food4Thought and commented:
    From the good folks at Listverse, a great list of heirloom vegetables. Violetta Italia Cauliflower for the win!

  • Mimi

    Cool list! I’m stoked to try some of these varieties!

  • Melissa

    I’d love to put these on a vase and place them in our living room rather than eating them. They look pretty!