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Ongoing Segment: An Alphabet of Cool Foods (3)

Here it is! Your one and only a to z collection of cool foods.

Ladies and gentlemen, what you've all been waiting for: An a-z alphabet of cool foods! It's exciting, I know, so enjoy it now, and eat it later! (Actually, some of these are totally disgusting, so I'll let you know what to try or avoid by using emojis. Here's the key:

😃=it's great, 🙂=it's good, 😒=it's an acquired taste, 🤨=it's okay, 🤮= completely disgusting, 🤷‍♀️= I seriously don't know.) One last thing, this is the last article in this segment, so we're going from "s" to "z" today. No more wasting time, let's go!!!

S -- Star fruit 🙂

I've never actually tried a star fruit. Thrive Cuisine says that most people generally like it, but that may be because they eat fully ripened star fruits, whereas the taste of a younger one is not too appealing. As you can probably tell, it's called star fruit because when you slice it, it looks like a star! Cool, right? Anyway, you should know that the skin is edible, and another thing to remember is the that actual fruit has a mild but sour flavor. It's pretty healthy, but there are some risks to eating it. For example, people with kidney problems may want to avoid it. And as Healthline says, "People taking prescription drugs should also proceed with caution. Similar to grapefruit, star fruit can alter the way a drug is broken down and used by your body." So now you know the pros and cons to eating a starfruit. Here's a recipe for star fruit upside-down cake.

T -- Truffle 😃

No, these are not chocolate truffles, the truffles I'm talking about are very expensive, very tasty, fungi. Let me tell you, these are great! There are two different types of truffle: black and white. White is rarer, which makes it more expensive. Fun fact: pigs were traditionally used to find truffles, but nowadays people are using dogs as well. Oh well. Pigs couldn't hog the spotlight for long. Get it? It's a dad joke. Anyway, here's a recipe for truffle tagliatelle.

U -- Uirō 🙂

Uirō is a traditional Japanese steamed cake made out of rice flower and sugar mixed in water. Uirō is nice, a little chewy, and has a hint of sweetness. Uirō is somewhat similar to mochi, and like mochi, has many different flavor options. Along with that, Uirō can come in many different colors, such as white, black, green, brown, pink, and purple. Uirō is more commonly known as medicine, so if you were to ask someone about it, you might get an answer that you weren't expecting. Here's a recipe for some easy-to-make Uirō.

V -- Verjuice 🤷‍♀️

I have no idea how verjuice tastes, but I know it's a liquid made out of unripe grapes, and sometimes crab apples or sour fruit. Apparently it's very sour, and is a great substitute for lemon juice or vinegar. If you translate it, it literally means 'green juice', which was not very creative, but it worked. It can also be used as a condiment of sorts. Normally used in Medieval cooking, verjuice is, according to some, incredible. If you want to give it a go, here's a recipe for chicken scallopine with verjuice, capers, and asparagus.

W -- Waterblommetjie Bredie 🤷‍♀️

I'll be honest, I was looking through lists and lists of words before I found this one. And you know what? I cracked up laughing (I only laughed in my head, I didn't want to disturb anybody!) When I saw this name, I just knew that I had to put it in here! I don't even know if I can say that name. Anyway, it's an African stew made with lamb and waterblommetjies, which are little flowers. The name is Afrikaans for 'waterblommetjie stew', which makes sense when you think about it. The stew is said to taste like cooked green beans. Here's a recipe.

X -- Ximenia caffra🤷‍♀️

You would be surprised as to how few foods start with an x. As for the shrug face, well, I don't know these foods. I do know that you should eat the fruit when it's a little overripe, but that's different. Ximenia caffra is also called "sourplum," so you can call it either one. African in origin, sourplum is a medicinal plant, but you can eat it, too. If you want to try it, use this recipe for wild sourplum ice cream with meringue.

Y -- Youtiao 🙂

I think it's pretty obvious that this tastes good. I mean, it's literally a Chinese version of a donut! The origins of this tasty treat are actually pretty interesting. It turns out that this dish was invented long ago in the Song Dynasty. General Yue was beloved by all, but the ruler Qin and his wife developed a plan to get rid of Yue, and in the end he was executed. As a form of protest, people stuck two pieces of dough (resembling bodies) together and dunked them into the deep fryer to represent Qin and his wife being thrown into trouble. It was their way to get back at Qin and his wife. Anyway, here's a recipe for youtiao.

Z -- Zuccotto 😃

I decided to end on more of a sweet note, so here it is: zuccotto. For the limited selection of the letter z, I wouldn't say that this is bad. Zuccotto is an Italian dessert, and is basically a sponge cake with whipped cream inside it. Although some recipes are made with ladyfingers, the traditional way to make zuccotto would definitely be using sponge cake. The origins are not known, but people have a few guesses. For example, some believe that it was made to resemble the dome of Florence Cathedral, but we don't know. Here's a recipe for zuccotto.

I hope you enjoyed all those recipes, and if you have any favorites, email them to me at Even if we don't respond, we'll have your email. Thanks for reading!

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