Goodband compares these Knobbed Russets to shrunken heads. Others say potatoes or toads. They're all gnarled and warty and brown, but don't be intimidated: They taste great when ripe. They originated in Sussex, England, in 1819. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Technically, it's against the law for Russian restaurants to buy top-notch Italiano Parmigiano-Reggiano. But that's nothing a little creative labeling can't get around. Porter Gifford/Corbis hide caption

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The key to authentic hongshao rou, or red-braised pork, is to use two different types of soy sauce — light and dark. Courtesy of Oliver Wang hide caption

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A strawberry vanilla WikiPearl made with Stonyfield frozen yogurt. Stonyfield and WikiPearl, Inc. hide caption

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Ian Glomski outside his home in Charlottesville, Va., where hops grow in his garden. He quit an academic career in microbiology to start a liquor distillery. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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