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14 vegetables you've probably never heard of

By: Bryan Nelson on April 2, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
Romanesco exotic vegetables

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This mesmerizing vegetable is actually an exotic variant of the cauliflower. If you're feeling tripped out while looking at it, that's because it is a natural approximation of a fractal. In fact, the spirals on the head of romanesco follow the Fibonacci pattern — so toss one into your next stir-fry if you really want to impress that math geek friend of yours.

Not only will you feel smarter eating one, you'll probably be healthier too. Romanesco is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and carotenoids.