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Odd looking vegetable in Chinatown

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I bought something that looks like a handlbar moustache in Chinatown. It is black and very hard shelled. What is it and how do you cook and eat it?

 
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  1. Looks to be a Water Caltrop. Serendipity as I just had read this blog entry last night or never would have known.

    http://blog.elementsprinceton.com/?p=689

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    1. re: Diatrive

      Form of a water chestnut. See growing on vine in my picture attached.

       
    2. I though it was a either a false moustache or a petrified bat. One lives and learns.