Zucchini Blossoms

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Everyone knows zucchini is a delicious addition to any meal, but did you know you can also eat the zucchini blossoms? Try them fried, as in this recipe from Greece. View recipe here .
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Cardoons

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Though they have yet to become popular in the United States, cardoons can be found all over Spain. Vaguely like an artichoke in taste but more like celery in texture, this vegetable goes well with a rich almond sauce. View recipe here .
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Currants

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Currants once couldn't be cultivated in parts of the U.S., but now are frequently available in farmers markets and stores. Try them in couscous or risotto, or even in a hearty stew. Learn more here .
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Clover Honey

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This amazing High Plains clover honey comes from out West, where the clover blossoms decorate the ends of three foot tall leafy stems. Certainly not the weedy clover you can find in your backyard. Learn more here .
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Real Feta

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Few people in the U.S. realize just how great feta can be. True feta, made from sheep's milk, is a delicious addition to any number of dishes. But keep in mind, not all types of feta are created equal. Learn more here .
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Tempeh

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If the word "tempeh" brings to mind beige visions of heath food stores, with their medicinal smell of wellness, it's time to reconsider. Tempeh can taste great, as long as it's prepared correctly. Learn more here .
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Bluefish

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Don't be afraid of bluefish just because it has a strong taste. This recipe pairs bluefish with bacon and blue grits, creating a recipe that not only tastes great but looks great, too. View recipe here .
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Eel

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When temperatures start soaring, the Japanese turn to eel to beat the heat. Eel, or unagi , is believed to provide stamina through the dog days of summer. Learn more here .
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Anchovies

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There are a lot of bad anchovies in the world, so chances are, your previous anchovy experiences have not been good. It's time to give anchovies another try. Good anchovies taste great with bread and olives, or on salads and pasta. Learn more here .
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Pasta Germe di Grano

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While you're reconsidering anchovies, try serving them with pasta germe di grano --pasta made with wheat that has its natural germ still intact. The color is darker and the flavor is bigger than your ordinary pasta. Learn more here .
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South Carolina Mustard Barbecue

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While most everyone in the Carolinas will have heard of, and probably tasted, mustard-based barbecue sauce, it's definitely not one of the better-known southern foods outside its home region. But it should be. Learn more here .
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Okra

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Okra tends to get a bad rap, but this recipe for stewed okra with shrimp and tomatoes will soon have you realizing the true potential of this versatile vegetable. View recipe here .
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