People tend to eat more of what they are used to, and vegetables are no different. Commonly consumed vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, lettuce, and cabbage are rich in nutrients and should be consumed more often. Below are some unique but healthy vegetables to try!

There are other less common but nutritious vegetables that you should include in your diet for added benefits.

This article shows you different unique and healthy vegetables that you can try for more added benefits.

1.   Daikon

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Daikon, also known as Chinese or Japanese radish, is a winter radish and a cruciferous vegetable native to East Asia and commonly consumed in Japan.

It’s a white, crunchy, peppery root vegetable with a taste similar to a mild red radish and a shape like a giant carrot.

Daikon is a great source of vitamin C and folate, with 7-inch long daikon containing 124 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement and 24 percent of daily folate requirement.

It also contains reasonable amounts of other nutrients, including copper, folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, iron, fiber, and pantothenic acid.

Additionally, it’s rich in two potent antioxidants: quercetin and ferulic acid, which have been linked to various health benefits.

Ferulic acid works explicitly to boost the effects of other antioxidants in the body. At the same time, quercetin has been linked to reduced inflammation, lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels, increase exercise performance, improve brain health, and offer anti-cancer and anti-allergy benefits. Read More.

2.   Chayote squash

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Chayote squash is a thin-skinned, wrinkly green pear-shaped fruit that’s eaten as a vegetable.

It comes from the gourd family and originates from Central America. It has white flesh with a mild flavor making it a versatile addition to many recipes.

Chayote can be eaten raw or cooked.

It’s a great low-carb vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals such as folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber.

It’s also high in water content, making it great for juicing.

Benefits include boosting liver function, improving digestive health, promoting hydration, inhibiting the progression of certain cancers such as cervical cancer and leukemia, fighting infections, and increasing folate intake, especially for pregnant women. Black Chayote.

Chayote Recipes

  1. Curry Chayote
  2. Chayote Casserole
  3. Sauteed Chayote

3.   Romanesco

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Also known as romanesco broccoli, romanesco is an edible flower and a part of the brassica family, including broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

It has a fascinating appearance with complex spiral-like buds.

You can prepare it as you would cauliflower recipe, including eating it raw, light cooking, steaming, cooking it through, or sautéing.

Research shows that brassica vegetables such as romanesco are rich in antioxidants and other compounds that may help fight against cancer and boost the immune system.

4.   Rutabaga

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Rutabaga is another unique yet nutritious vegetable that you should be consuming.

It’s a cruciferous vegetable belonging to the same family as cauliflower, kale, and cabbage.

This vegetable closely resembles a turnip and is believed to be a cross between a cabbage and a turnip.

Besides that, it has a very mild flavor and are low in calories. They also contain essential nutrients such as vitamin C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese.

5.   Bitter melon

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Also known as bitter gourd, bitter melon gets its name from its taste. It’s a bitter tropical vine from the gourd family and closely related cucumber, zucchini, squash, and pumpkin.

It has traditionally been used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of various conditions including, including pneumonia, psoriasis, diabetes, and kidney disease.

Bitter lemon has been shown to mimic insulin effects helping normalize blood sugar and treat diabetes.

It may also help reduce respiratory infections like pneumonia, fight inflammation, fight cancer, boost immunity, lower menstrual irregularities, and treat skin infections such as scabies, eczema, and psoriasis.

It can be cooked with other vegetables, stuffed, stir-fries, or be added to soups or beans in small quantities.

Bitter Melon Recipes

  1. Bitter Melon Curry

6.   Dandelion greens

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Dandelion root is a powerful herb known to detoxify the liver and improve its functions.

What you may not know is that dandelion greens can be consumed as vegetables.

They offer a wide range of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, iron, calcium, and iron.

They may help promote good vision, regulate blood sugar, improve heart health, prevent colon cancer, and promote a healthy digestive system.

Dandelion greens can be eaten raw or cooked. Detox Tea Recipe

7.   Taro root

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Taro root is a starchy vegetable with a nutty and mildly sweet taste.

It’s a common carbohydrate source in Asia and Africa and can be used in the place of other starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes and potatoes.

It’s remarkably high in fiber, promoting better digestion and increasing friendly gut bacteria, thus boosting the immune system.

It also contains impressive amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, phosphorus, and manganese.

Taro Root Recipes

  1. Taro Rundown
  2. Baked Taro Chips
  3. Baked Taro Fries

8.   Tomatillos

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Also known as the Mexican husk tomato, tomatillo is a small green fruit that resembles a small tomato. It’s covered in a husk that’s removed before eating.

Tomatillos belong to the nightshade family along with eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.

They originated in Mexico and are prevalent in Mexican cuisine.

Depending on the variety, they often take different colors when ripe, such as purple, green, and red hue. They have a tart taste but become sweeter as they mature.

High in fiber, which can help improve digestion. They are also rich in vitamin C and unique antioxidant phytochemicals that can help fight against cancer.

They can be eaten raw or cooked. However, cooking them helps tone down their sour taste, especially when not fully matured.

Final Thoughts

Diversifying your food intake can be a great experience for your palate to pick new flavors and your body to benefit from the different nutrients.

Vegetables such as daikon, chayote squash, romanesco, rutabaga, bitter melon, tomatillos, taro root, and dandelion leaves are among the most unique but healthy vegetables that are not only tasty but very beneficial to your health.

They are all safe for consumption, and you should consider giving them a try whenever they are within your reach.

Other Unique Vegetables 

  1. Malango Coco
  2. Chilacayote
  3. Winter Melon
  4. Sunchoke
  5. Ratalu
  6. Yacon
  7. Name
  8. Breadfruit
  9. Celery Root

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