What Are Crudites?

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Crudités (kroo-dee-tay) is French for raw vegetables (or fruits) that are generally cut up into sticks or other bite-sized pieces and normally served with a cold dipping sauce as an hors d’oeuvre. A crudités platter may include carrots, peppers, celery, fresh fennel, cauliflower florets, radishes, apples and anything else that strikes your fancy, although a nice assortment of colors and flavors is generally the goal here. Crudité is a variation of the French word for raw (cru), though crudité can also mean crudeness in French.

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