You may be wondering what Habanero peppers, Christmas trees and dairy cows could have in common. According to a recent article on CNN Money, they are counted amongst the 11 craziest alternative investment plans.

Rounding out the top 11 are dressage horses, a vodka distillery, collectible guns, ostriches, chicken feces, a beauty school and organic sprouts

According to the article's author, investors sick of watching their retirement accounts gather dust are throwing aside traditional 401k’s and looking at alternative investments.

The particular investor who took a risk with dairy cows says he met a dairyman in a California airport. This particular investor put up $25,000 to buy 10 cows, reports CNN Money. The investor realized a 25 percent return on investment.

Read the CNN Money article.