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Obscure Vegetables Quiz

I only got 4 out of 9 of these correct: http://www.mentalfloss.com/quiz/quiz....

I was a little surprised to discover that Swiss Chard is obscure. And ramps are, of late, the least obscure vegetable I can think of. I mean, sure you can't often buy them, but they were still, somehow, everywhere this spring.

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  1. I got one wrong.

    I can't say that most of them were obscure, really. Not to me, at least.

    1. "obscurity" is somewhat relative, and i think they missed the mark with the range in this quiz. i'm most likely the only one among my family members and friends who knows what lizard tail is, but even my junk-food loving sister who can barely boil water has heard of Swiss chard...though that may be because she's heard *me* talk about it ;)

      i got 9 out of 9, but i'm sort of a freak about stuff like this.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        The lizard tail stumped me. Now I'll be on the lookout for some!

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Lizard tail and rutabaga got me. I agree about obscurity but it was a fun quiz any way!

      2. 5 out of 9 for me. I guess I better do my homework!

        1. I'll take 6 out of 9 I guess, better than the average! I can't envision a plant that tastes like fish, though.

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          1. re: jackbauer

            I thought that was weird too. That was a fun, thanks for posting Jacquilynne.

            1. re: jackbauer

              I got that one wrong as well... But in retrospect, we have trees that *smell* like fish (hello bradford pears!) so why not an herb that tastes like fish?

            2. Fun! 8/9 for me, just learned about Lizard tail today :)

              1. 7 out of 9 - and I still HATE rutabegas!!!

                1. Last one wasn't fair! They should've shown a raw watermelon radish, or atleast a larger photo.

                  1. I got 7 out 9 - the rutabaga being a cross between turnip and ?, and lizard tail tasting like ?

                    I guessed at the last one and thought I'd have gotten that one wrong as soon as I pressed the button, based on what I thought the outside looked like as soon as I clicked the button. But I guessed correctly!

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                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      About a quiz with "rutabegas..." I go into 6th grade classes periodically to do drug prevention presentations. One warm up/ice breaker game the kids love, is where they sit in a circle, pick the name of a vegetable from a bag, and then have to recite from memory all the previous veggies mentioned in the circle, and their own- all the while covering their teeth with their lips. Any teeth showing or missed veggies on the list= that kid is out and we start from the beginning of the circle. It's a riot...and many of the kids don't know what a rutabega is! I try to pick recognizable vegetables for the choices, but some kids even get confused by "eggplant." Drug prevention, vegetable education- all in a day's work.

                      1. re: Florida Hound

                        did you watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? some of the elementary school kids couldn't identify a tomato or potato - no chance they'd know a rutabaga or eggplant if it bit 'em. of course they all knew what ketchup and french fries were...

                    2. i cant believe i got 8 outta 9 (damb rutabeggas)

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                      1. re: howlin

                        Me too, although thinking you could cross a parsnip with a turnip in retrospect seems a bit silly to me. Knew about the fishy herb from a book on SE Asian food I read a while back (the only place I've seen it mentioned) .