Vegetables are plants raised for some edible part, such as the leaves, roots, fruit or flowers. Vegetables exclude any plant that is thought to be a fruit in the culinary sense. The term vegetable also refers to the edible part of a plant.


Horseradish, a tall herb of the mustard family. It was introduced into North America from Europe.

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  • Where does the color come from in purple cabbage?

    Where does the color come from in purple cabbage?

    Nature uses color in lots of different ways. Find out why some types of cabbage are purple and what this means. See more »

  • Cucumber


    Cucumber, a trailing vine of the gourd family. Its green fruit -- usually long and warty with crisp, white flesh -- is sliced and eaten raw in salads, or pickled with dill or other spices and eaten as a relish. See more »

  • Artichoke


    Artichoke, a name applied to two different plants. The globe, or French, artichoke, which is grown for its edible flower heads, is a perennial plant that grows from three to four feet (90 to 120 cm) high. See more »

  • Asparagus


    Asparagus, a genus of useful and ornamental plants of the lily family. There are about 150 species, all native to the Old World. See more »

  • Beet


    Beet, a common root vegetable. It is grown for its sweet, fleshy root; for its sugar; or for its leaves, which are used as greens. See more »

  • Broccoli


    Broccoli, a vegetable. It is a variety of cabbage and is closely related to cauliflower. See more »

  • Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels Sprouts

    Brussels Sprouts, a vegetable closely related to cabbage. The plant has a tall, thick stem with large, green leaves. See more »

  • Cabbage


    Cabbage, a leafy vegetable of the mustard family. The common cabbage has a dense head of light-green, juicy leaves with a distinctive odor. See more »

  • Chinese Cabbage

    Chinese Cabbage

    Chinese Cabbage, or Celery Cabbage, a leafy salad vegetable. The core, shaped like a cylinder 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) long and 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) in diameter, is the part that is eaten. See more »

  • Chive


    Chive, a plant related to the onion and grown for its grasslike, hollow leaves, which are used in seasoning. See more »

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