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Dreaming of tropical beaches, lush palm trees and exotic eats? The benefits of travel reach much beyond the stress reduction that comes with a much needed vacation. Oh, and another benefit: Food! That includes exotic veggies, many of which happen to be chock full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help to fight disease and boost health. The benefits of exotic vegetables are not only related to nutrition and culinary requirements, but also to general health and well-being, culture and a range of other forms of life enrichment.

By now, you’re probably familiar with the incredible health benefits of vegetables. The antioxidants in it have been touted for everything from combating cancer to promoting weight loss. Still, many people find vegetables to be “boring.” If you’ve ever used those words to describe the taste of vegetables, it may be time for a change. A bounty of unusual, colorful, flavorful produce —beyond the ordinary peas and carrots — awaits your discovery.

There are an estimated 20,000 edible vegetable species — from cherry tomatoes to zucchini — on this big, beautiful planet. Yet, only a few hundred species account for 40% of what we consume. That means you are missing out on a real abundance of vegetables in your diet — each with their own unique color, flavor, texture and aroma. Not to mention nutritious health profiles, too. An exotic vegetable may be just what you need to liven up your dinner plate.

There’s a whole new breed of exotic vegetables out there waiting to tempt your taste buds. TKF brings to you some exotic veggies to set you on a culinary journey less traveled. So dig into the bell pepper, relish the broccoli and slurp away the mushroom! Take a bite of these less common vegetables to expand the character of your healthy, delicious eating style.