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The Top 10 Most-Used Chopped Mystery Basket Ingredients

Ever wonder which mystery basket ingredients have been featured on Chopped more than any other? We count down the top 10.
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10: Tie - Mustard Greens / Collard Greens / Dandelion Greens

Leafy greens make the mystery baskets almost regularly. It's quite possible the culinary producers of the show are trying to send some sort of motherly message. And it's especially true when you consider these three different yet similarly flavored greens tie to claim the 10th spot.

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9: Kumquats

Chopped is a great education in familiarizing yourself with lesser-known fruits such as this tiny citrus, which is more bitter and sour than sweet. In addition to learning what a kumquat is, viewers can expect to discover all the uses for it, whether it's in a dessert or entree, both of which kumquats have been in.

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8: Tie - Quail / Black Garlic

Quail's size makes it more difficult to cook than many other proteins — a good test for a chef's skill. Although garlic may be a staple in many dishes, black garlic surpasses it in frequency of appearance. Don't be put off by either, as both have been used in typical ways, e.g., fried quail legs, black garlic aioli.

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7: Tie - Tomatillos / Rhubarb

Tying in the No. 7 spot are rhubarb and tomatillos. Fact: Both tomatillos and rhubarb have been used in an appetizer round every time they have appeared as a basket ingredient except for one episode each, in which they popped up in the dessert round.

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