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14 vegetables you've probably never heard of

By: Bryan Nelson on April 2, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
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These delicious veggies are made from a plant you'd probably never think to bite into: a certain kind of cactus. The succulent flesh is made edible after the spines have been carefully peeled off. It is a popular vegetable in Mexico, and because it is so fleshy, it can make for a great vegetarian alternative in tacos.