I can't tell if the vegetable above is unusually beautiful or if they remind me of rats. Eeek! They're actually bittermelons sold at the farmers' market at the United Nations Plaza on Sunday. And it wasn't just sold at one stand, several farmers were selling these bumpy bittermelons. Bittermelons are pretty popular in Chinese cuisine. My mom used to love stuffing them with fish cake and pan-frying them. I, however, am not my mom so I'm not a big fan of the bittermelon. But they are definitely oddly interesting looking. The farmers market near San Francisco's Civic Center is actually filled with several Asian farmers, so you can find a lot of Asian vegetables for cheap, cheap prices. But no matter how cheap, I can't cut into these bumpy melons.
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