7 Strange Fruits and Vegetables You’ve (Probably) Never Eaten

7 Strange Fruits and Vegetables You’ve (Probably) Never Eaten

#3 Sea Beans

This emerald green vegetable does sort of resemble green beans, but a closer look reveals spiky green leaves and a branched, almost cactus-like appearance. Sea beans can be found under many names. According to Specialty Produce (link below), they are also known as “sea pickle, sea asparagus, samphire, glasswort, marsh asparagus, marsh samphire, salicornia and pousse-pied.”

How does it taste? Sea beans grow in the ocean, absorbing nutrients from the water, so it's no surprise that they have a delicious, somewhat briny flavor. The texture of the vegetable is crunchy.

How is it prepared? Sea beans can be prepared in many different ways, from simply steamed/blanched to sauteed or even pickled. They are commonly used as accompaniment to seafood dishes.

Where and when? Originally, sea beans were gathered wild, but they are now cultivated commercially, providing year-round availability.

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Photo: Robert Sietsema on Village Voice

Sea beans listing at Specialty Produce

Up Next: a peculiar vegetable that looks like a mathematician's puzzle. Don't worry – it tastes even better than it looks!

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  1. Alice Miller
    Alice Miller March 11, 05:09

    What is that? Would not come thru

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  2. Ludy's Kitchen
    Ludy's Kitchen June 18, 20:30

    loving the comments guys :/

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  3. Best recipes daily
    Best recipes daily June 18, 20:33

    You are best page ever !

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  4. Gregory Beale
    Gregory Beale June 19, 05:12

    Wow? Its a beautiful fruit

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  5. Kevin Nichols
    Kevin Nichols January 07, 06:07

    Jonathan Sinclair

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  6. Jonathan Sinclair
    Jonathan Sinclair January 07, 15:38

    Have eaten most of those but the last; it’s fun to try new things.

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  7. Iris Torres
    Iris Torres February 09, 14:47

    Interesting !

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  8. Betty Johnson
    Betty Johnson April 11, 06:57

    Never seen b 4

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