When I was young, my parents would put a vegetable in our stir fry that they called a Worchester. I recently found out that this doesn't actually exist so I've been trying to determine what they were feeding me. My girlfriend thinks they might have been a variety of radish.

I unfortunately don't remember the raw vegetable, by when stir fried it was a white disc about the size of a quarter. It had a very uniform size and color, there was no core like you would see in a parsnip. They were a little crunchy, like a raw apple. The taste was quite unique, I can't compare it to anything, but it was a very mild flavour.

Any ideas what they were?

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    When you say "worchester" do you mean "worcester", pronounced "wuss-ter", or with the ch pronounced, "wor-chest-er"?
    – Cascabel
    Jan 19, 2014 at 19:41
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    They pronounced it the second way, with the ch.
    – Drew
    Jan 19, 2014 at 21:30

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Sounds like sliced water chestnuts to me, especially with the name similarity.

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    I vote for this, since it fits the description and is a very common ingredient in stir fries.
    – Aaronut
    Jan 19, 2014 at 18:50
  • Water chestnut ... that fits the description well. Good one. Jan 19, 2014 at 19:11
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    I agree... and now I'm wondering whether they really did call it a "worchester" or whether you just mis-heard them saying "water chestnut"!
    – Vicky
    Jan 20, 2014 at 13:06

Intriguing =)

Although it probably is water chestnut, I will still go ahead and try this one ;-)
(can not hurt to have a bit of a choice here, right)

My first thought from the description was salsify ( could refer to black salsify Scorzonera hispanica or to purple salsify Tragopogon porrifolius ).

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I mostly know the black one, and it has a quite unique but mild flavor, and it is usually quite evenly thick (like a quarter, could be right).

... and I fond this article where it says:

Traditionally it is called “oyster plant”, ...

which sounds similar to "worcester" (wuus-tər see here).

Even though the texture is usually not so crunchy and it is not normally found in stirfries, it seems like an almost convincing candidate to me =)
Unless you did't mean to pronounce it like Worcester ... then I would go with water chestnut too ;-)


Maybe they used radish, they are round and crunch. Some are the size of a quarter and some smaller. Usually eaten raw, but I suppose they can be used in stir fries.

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