The advantage of living in the Central Valley of California is the availability of fresh produce. We have many ethnic communites that grow their own specialty foods, which provides us a wide variety. This has given me the opportunity to try vegetables I wasn't familar with. These are my favorites: Chinese long beans, baby eggplant, baby bok choy, Armenian cucumbers and a wonderful yellow and green squash (I don't know the name of it). These have become staples in my diet. You might look for these in your area.