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Saturday, January 06, 2007
Unidentified Flying Vegetables!!!
I posted this on my personal blog but then realised that this belongs on the food blog, so here it is:

Okay, so they're not flying. Whatever. But can you identify them? I'd love to learn the names in English for these Indian vegetables, if such names actually exist. I found them while wandering through the local wholesale outdoor market where the vegetable-wallahs and fruit-wallahs come to fill their carts.

posted by Samantha Lee at 5:19 AM


Blogger kent said...

The third one is Kohlrabi. It's big in Germany, believe it or not, and it resembles a radish.

The first one looks like it could be yams. I figured out recently that we don't actually have yams in Canada, but rather just different variations of sweet potatoes. Yams are apparently very tart and used mainly in Africa.

The second one looks like a green tomato. Or is it a fruit?

6:34 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

To me the 2nd one looks like big gooseberries. But it could also be a tomatillo (

7:59 AM  
Blogger kent said...

Ya, tomatillo is a good guess. I think they're usually sold in canada with the "skin" still on.

I think gooseberries are red (and smaller). But maybe these are some crazy mutant gooseberries.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

We also have green gooseberries in Germany. They look just the same as the red ones and their skin is "barbed". That's why we actually call them "barbed berries". :o) But you're right, they're usually smaller.

9:47 AM  
Blogger kent said...

You Germans slay me.

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samantha, gooseberries (as I know them) are green and have cream-colored lines radianting from top to bottom, such as the lines of longitude do on a map or globe.

They appear to have lines in the picture, but I am not sure. Since they are much smaller than the lemons, they could well be gooseberries. Not likely to be tomatillos, as they are larger and have papery skins attached.

Try doing a search on Google images for gooseberries. The pics there show a little remnant of the blossom on the end and I didn't see any on the end in your pic.

Kohlrabi is common in grocery stores in Canada.

Happy New Year!

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am fairly certain that the first is yam (called jimmikand in Hindi) and the second is gooseberries (amla in Hindi).

The third one is called ganth gobhi in Hindi, not sure what the English name is (kohlrabi, knol khol are other names I see on some blogs. See recipe at

9:32 PM  

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