07/26/2013 12:33 pm ET

The Trendiest Vegetables Of The Last 50 Years

Hear that ruckus? It's the sound of sweet carrots and baby lettuces storming the menus at some of the world's best restaurants. Their co-conspirators? Big-deal chefs like Rene Redzepi and April Bloomfield, who are celebrating produce with a reverence formerly reserved for Wagyu beef. They're turning ingredients that used to be side dishes into centerpieces (even if it does involve some pork now and then -- it's not a vegetarian revolution).

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