Listed alphabetically, the names of some vegetables include asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, dill, eggplant, fennel, garlic, horseradish, ice plant, jojoba, kale, leek, mustard, naranjillo, okra, peas, radish, spinach, turnip, upland cress, watercress and yam. There are no common vegetables that start with the letters Q, V, X and Z in the English language.
Vegetable is a term used to refer to plants or part of plants that are edible that can either be eaten cooked or raw as in salad recipes. The non-biological criteria of what should be considered as vegetables, however, is largely dependent on culinary and cultural tradition. For example, potatoes are categorized by some cultures along with cereals such as oats or rice, while others consider potatoes as vegetables.
Considered by many as healthy food, vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Vegetables used for culinary purposes may consist of flower buds, stems, leaves, leaf sheaths, stem shoots, rhizomes, tubers, buds, roots, tubers, whole-plant sprouts and bulbs.
Some vegetables are actually fruits in a botanical sense, but are still considered vegetables because of their use. These fruits include tomatoes, zucchinis, pumpkins, squash, eggplants, cucumbers, chayote, okra, breadfruit, avocadoes and pods. Seeds such as corn, snow peas and green beans are also considered as vegetables.
Below are more examples of vegetables listed alphabetically.
- Horseradish tree
- Mamey sapote
- Water celery