Goodbye, peas and carrots—try growing these unusual, and lesser-known, vegetables
Origin: South and Central Asia; used in Afghan cuisine
Definition: Gandana (gahND-ah-nah) is a perennial leeklike crop with a unique sweetness that makes it an exciting alternative to leeks, chives, or onions.
Use: Hard to find but it’s great in the Afghan dish bolani, a large stuffed flatbread.
Grow it: Not easy, because of lack of sources in the United States. You might have luck finding the tops at your nearest Afghan market.