Alphabetical list of vegetables
Here is an alphabetical list of vegetables and some related facts about each one.
Artichoke - a tight head of fleshy leaves, delicious steamed or boiled and eaten with lemon butter or hollandaise sauce. The tips of the leaves are too tough to eat even after cooking and the fiberous 'choke' is also inedible, but the 'heart' is wonderfully buttery in texture with a great flavour.
Asparagus - tender green tips available during a short growing season. Asparagus plants continue to produce new shoots every year and can last more than a decade, producing a crop each spring. There are two major forms; the green asparagus and the white asparagus. Both are delicious.
Aubergene - A rich purple vegetable that absorbs strong flavours well. The aubergene is called eggplant in America.
Beans - high protien seeds of legume plants.
Beet - Tubers with rich nutty flavours. A sweet variety of beet is grown commercially in europe and asia for sugar manufacture. Red beetroot is often sold pickled. The red colour can stain almost anything and has been used in clothing dyes for centuries.
Broccoli - green and delicious and full of vitamins. The 'florets' are actually underdeveloped flowers.
Brussels sprouts - traditionally eaten with Christmas Dinner in the UK. Brussels sprouts are small and green and look like mini-cabbages.
Cabbage - the king of vegetables. Easy to grow almost anywhere. Cabbages generally come in white, yellow, green and red colour schemes. In Germany the pickled 'Sauerkraut' is pretty much a national dish and in Korea a similar but spiced 'Kimchee' has equal status in the national cuisine.
Carrot - Introduced to most of Europe by the Romans, carrots have been popular for 2000 Years. However the orange colour is a comparitively recent addition. The first orange carrots were cultivated in the Netherlands in the Sixteen Hundreds.
Cauliflower - White relative of broccoli
Celeriac - a large knotted ball-like root vegetable which makes amazing nutty soups
Jerusalem Artichoke - It isn't an Artichoke and it doesn't come from Jerusalem. The jersalem Artichoke is actually related to the sunflower. The bit we eat is an ugly little tuber (like a small thin potato) that tastes amazing. It has a smoky taste that really excites the palette.
Mushrooms - not technically a vegetable,
but a far older member of the plant kingdom. Mushrooms do not use sunlight
to produce energy, hence they have a completely different range of tastes
than any other vegetable. Did you know that the largest single living organism
on earth is a mushroom called Armillaria Ostoyae, the biggest of which is
up to 8,500 years old and carpets nearly 10 square kilometres of forest floor
in northeastern Oregon, USA.
Okra also called 'ladies fingers' or gumbo is a wonderful pungent vegetable from the same family as hollyhock. It probably was first cultivated in Ethiopia and is still a North African staple, but has become popular in Europe, Asia and America too.
Onions Onions have been eaten for tens of thousands of years and we still aren't bored of them. White and Red are the common colours for onions and they can vary in size from a few millimetres to almost a foot across.
Parsnips The sweet, starchy parsnip was a very popular european vegetable before the arrival of potaoes and Sugar Cane from the Americas. Although not the prize it once was, the Parsnip is a classic root vegetable, particularly popular in more northern lattitudes.
Peppers - These are the fruit of the Capsicum family of plants. The hotter tasting ones (due to more Capsaicinoids in the flesh) are usually refered to as chillis.
Radish - rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C), folic acid (folate), and Potassium, the raddish is a peppery vegetable popular in western and asian cookery. We usually eat the taproot, but the leaves can also be eaten in salads.
Rhubarb - A plant with large leaves that grow out of thick succulent stems with a very particular floral scent. These stems are popularly eaten as a fruit once sweetened and cooked. Rhubarb was originally native to China but has been popular in Europe since Roman times.
Rutabaga - Alternative name for Swede
Swede - Apparently a cross between cabbages and turnips swedes are a low calory root vegetable
Sweet potato Ipomoea batatas (related to the morning glory) produces a starchy tuber. In the USA the red variety of sweet potato is often called a yam, although yams are a seperate vegetable in their own right.
We hope this alphabetical list of vegetables is of use to you.
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