The same old favorites can get tiring sometimes – why not liven up your meals with some less common fruits and vegetables! Canadians have access to a wide variety of produce all year round, so there is no reason not to try something new and fun once and a while.

UncommonProduce05Papayas:  Papayas are naturally sweet and beautifully orange. Adding them to your smoothies is an easy way to include them in daily meals! We love this Tropical “Candy Corn” Smoothie. For more information check out our papaya info sheet.

Endives:  Endives are crisp and solid.  They have lots of flavour and keep their shape which makes them perfect for stuffing or to replace bread in a wrap.  Try these Antipasto Salad Endive Boats for a fun lunch. For more information check out our endive info sheet.

Gooseberries: Gooseberries are so fun to eat! Although usually used as décor on treats and baking, the tart taste of gooseberries makes them a great addition to savoury dishes.  Next time you don’t know what to do with a bunch of gooseberries try this Gooseberry Pico de Gallo.  For more information check out our gooseberries info sheet.

Fennel: This versatile vegetable has quite a strong licorice taste – just a tiny bit of it goes a long way!  Use it to flavour up heavy dishes like this End of Winter Pasta.  For more information check out our fennel info sheet.Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

Plantain:  You may see these guys in the produce department and confuse them with bananas – but plantains are much more versatile than bananas when it comes to cooking.  They are also firmer than bananas which makes them a great contender for turning into chips!  You can make your own really easily with this recipe. For more information, check out our plantain info sheet.

We hope that you take a chance and try one of these delicious options tonight!

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