BY MARIN LISSY
Farmer Foodshare welcomes a new blogger: Marin Lissy loves to cook with her family and friends, and enjoys sharing delicious healthy recipes. When she's not balancing sixth grade academic activities, Marin enjoys reading, playing guitar, biking, and spending time outdoors.
There are some really strange foods out there. Sometimes it is something like deep fried Oreos, or a new weird ingredient that your mom likes to use as an herb in her tea. Here are a couple foods that might surprise you.
Big coffee fan? Replace your morning staple with a cup of something slightly healthier : Pu-erh tea. A cup of it can enclose anywhere from 30-70 milligrams of caffeine. This fermented beverage is produced in China, and is named after Pu’er, a Chinese city. Still the “poetic” name doesn’t tell you much about the actual tea. Green and black leaves are both used to brew the tea, so there is a little bit of variety.
Grapefruit is infamous for its revoltingly bitter taste, but have you heard of its cousin, Pomelo? Pomelo is a grapefruit in disguise. Instead of having grapefruit’s orange-red skin color, it has more of a yellow-green tinge. It is native to south/south-east Asia. It is packed with many healthy benefits, including vitamins B and C, as well as potassium.
The hibiscus flower is worldly known for its beauty and elegance. The flower also has other pluses, including the fact that parts of it can be dried. Dried hibiscus, as you probably know, is used in tea. It can also be used as food coloring, a garnish on a dish, and can be even put in a cocktail! The dried flower is popular with dieters, and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure regulation.
Celeriac is probably one of the weirdest looking vegetables. It is in the celery family, and is often known as celery root. It looks nothing like its relative, but tastes very similar. So overall, celeriac and celery are not the same thing. Celeriac embodies many minerals and nutrients, including vitamins B and K, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.
These four are just a few of the random foods that are out there. Many more exist, and a little effort can get you to a website or recipe link to learn more about these and other crazy foods!