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14 vegetables you've probably never heard of

April 2, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
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Sunchoke

The sunchoke is sometimes called the "Jerusalem artichoke" though it has no specific relation to Jerusalem or even that part of the world. In fact, the sunchoke is native to North America, so it's a local "exotic" vegetable.

It can be used as a low-starch substitute for potatoes and is remarkably easy to grow. It also has great potential for use in the making of alcoholic beverages, as the alcohol fermented from the tubers is said to be of better quality than that from sugar beets.