5 Hunger-Crushing Foods You've Never Heard Of...

These vegetables could help ease world hunger
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2011 9:32 AM CDT
Somalis who fled from southern Somalia hold pots and containers as they wait to receive food at a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia July 13.   (AP Photo Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

(Newser) – They're not your typical salad fodder, but each of these vegetables (and one lucky fruit) is playing a role in the fight against world hunger. The Christian Science Monitor gives the rundown:

  • Guar: Because of the nitrogen-fixing bacteria in this legume's roots, farming guar is great for improving the quality of soil. Its seed is a great source of protein, and efforts are under way to encourage farmers in Zimbabwe to plant the crop.

  • Spider Plant: Though it's considered a weed by many, young leaves of this nutritious "African cabbage" are harvested and eaten like spinach, particularly in southern Africa.
  • Celosia: This small, flowering plant basically seeds and sprouts itself, and it can withstand both hot and humid and dry conditions.
  • African Eggplant: This fruit is most often picked at a young and green stage and treated like a vegetable; you'll find it cooked in stews. Though it's composed of 92% water, it provides vitamins B and C, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, and potassium.
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