Friday, August 21, 2009

You eat that RAW??

Sometimes, I catch on really late. For example, I feel that I'm the last person to realize that there are a lot of unexpected produce items that you can eat raw! Not necessarily marinated, dehydrated, sprouted, or anything else, just straight up raw!



Fresh summer corn, straight off the cob? Yes.



Raw beets? Yes. I've graduated from shredding them into salads to just eating them as veggie sticks.



Sweet potatoes? Yes! (sweet potatoes are not actually potatoes, as you might know)



collard greens? yes- they make awesome wraps! I only started cooking collard greens 5 years ago- before then, I had the image that they had to be cooked for hours and hours. Hey, we can all make mistakes.

Here are some other things that I've been delighted to eat without cooking:

asparagus
turnips
oats (as in muesli)

What are some of your favorite unusual or unexpected raw foods? Let me know- I'd love to try them if I haven't yet!
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21 comments:

Imitation Of Chris said...

You stole all mine, so I'll go backwards. I had never had a cooked radish until earlier this year. So good!

T said...

Sweet potatoes?! Who would've thunk it?

I like raw onions and red peppers, but that's a given.

VeggieGirl said...

Looks delicious!!

For me, it'd be seaweed (i.e. not marinating it or anything beforehand) - I LOOOVE dulse!! :)

aTxVegn said...

Raw broccoli stalks! I haven't tried the raw sweet potato yet, but I have a recipe to try.

These photos are gorgeous!

Courtney said...

I am with you on the raw oats--yum! I also love raw kale, zucchini (grated on salads it is delish!), green beans...all sorts of things!

Courtney

the house vegan said...

I'm all over raw oats! I love them!

I wish I liked raw asparagus, but ugh. I keep trying, but no luck yet.

Eco Mama said...

Great post!

Sarah said...

that collard wrap looks great!

and do you guys mean actually raw oat groats, or just uncooked oat flakes?

No More Sad Geraniums said...

Hm, the raw sweet potatoes and beets look interesting. I've never thought to try that.

The German in me agrees at the greatness of oats in muesli. Add a little yogurt and pile on a berry of choice, and yum. I'm also quite partial to raw chard in pestos.

danigarceau said...

jicama!!

Sarena Shasteen said...

I feel the same way...I eat a lot of raw food, but feel like I have just discovered there are so many other things out there that I can have raw and that I love! My grandmother has eaten' raw sweet potatoes for years and I still have not tried it out. I need to try that one soon! I think corn has been my new favorite discovery!

bazu said...

Sarah,

I definitely mean uncooked oat flakes (so I guess not technically raw) - I don't think we could digest oat groats!

nora said...

Yes, fresh corn is SO SO SO unexpectedly delicious!

Sarah said...

bazu -

i wish oat flakes were raw - you have to soak oat groats for days before they're not incredibly chewy (ow my jaw!!)

Mihl said...

Funny, In Germany turnips and oats are mostly eaten raw.

Sara Beth said...

Mmmm! I love chewing on a cob of raw sweet corn. So so good. I'm gradually working more raw veggies into my diet. Didn't grow up eating any, but at least now I put raw carrot shreds in my salad. One step closer to raw carrot stick snacks!

Liz² said...

what a great post! I'm all about expanding what I can eat raw, I remember when I first tried raw corn, it's almost better that way!

Lately I don't cook oatmeal, I grind up raw whole groats instead and soak them overnight. Raw onions are great! Turnips too - if you soak thin slices of them in cold water they turn into chips that you can dip into cheezy sauce. I should give raw squash a whirl...

dragonfly pie said...

I'm a big fan of raw, shredded beets in salads or wraps. The only downside is that the get leaky and turn everything else pink!

Jackie said...

Some veggies I prefer raw like turnips and butternut. Plus recently found a great raw potato salad made with raw sweet potatoes and homemade raw nut mayo, yummie.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Dang, yum!

Anonymous said...

okra! okra! okra!