A List of Vegetables - all kinds for every taste
Have you ever sat down to make a list of vegetables that you're familiar with? There is almost limitless variety. You're probably familiar with an example from nearly every major category.
If you tired to name each variety of even a single type of vegetable, you'd be lucky if you were able to do anything more than scratch the surface.
There are many thousands of varieties - more than 4,000 varieties of tomatoes alone.
I'm not here to list all the varieties of vegetables (or fruits that we prepare as a vegetable), but I am here to provide you with a list of vegetables as I see them, and a bit of insight as to exactly what they are.
This information is foundational for us to understand what we are undertaking with respect to planting, growing, taking care of, harvesting, preparing and consuming vegetables. Let's consider this to be a good introduction.
Knowing some of this also makes vegetable gardening a bit more of an intellectual pursuit, and it makes it a bit more of an adventure as well. Education, adventure and good healthy food - not a bad combination.
For the technically curious, I'll discuss the specific types of vegetables, and for the rest of us, let's take a look at a list of vegetables that contains some of the basic types we might consider growing. My list of vegetables isn't exactly what you'd find in a botanical index, but I've organized them in a manner that I think makes sense for what a lot of people might be looking for as a way of introduction.
Basic Types of Vegetables
Here are the basics for vegetable gardening enthusiasts and those a bit curious about what it is that we can grow and eat when we dedicate some time to vegetable gardening.
- First on our list is the generic category of vegetable plants where we recognize that we are eating the plant, not so much the fruit, root, bud, seed or seed pod.
- Then, there are the root vegetables where our primary interest is in the root or tuber that the plant produces. Here we will find potatoes, beets, turnips and many others.
- Have you ever considered seeds as being on your list of vegetables? Well, we eat plenty of seeds, like corn, rice, wheat, beans and sunflowers. It takes a lot of seeds to keep us fed. Have you ever wondered how much corn to plant? Well, I have an answer for you if you're curious.
- Many of the best varieties are heirloom vegetables, ones that are tried and true and have a solid history, but are often overshadowed by some of the recent hybrids.
- If you're a cool and cold weather gardener, you'll appreciate cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts that can handle the lower temperatures. Many acquire better flavor after they have seen their first frost.
- For those that aren't satisfied with traditional cultivars, there are exotic vegetables with unusual flavors, colors, shapes and sizes. Have a blast and grow yourself some oddities for food and fun.
- If you're growing things in a greenhouse, you'll want to consider greenhouse vegetables that are well suited for an environment that might not be conducive to pollination. You might also consider winter vegetables so you can have a vegetable garden all year long.
- There is a group known as nightshade vegetables, and these include tomatoes, perhaps the most popular vegetable in American gardens. It's technically a fruit, a berry really, but we grow and prepare tomatoes as if they are vegetables.
Vegetables for the Conscientious Dieter
Oddly enough, many doctors don't recognize that what we eat has a big influence on our health. For the health conscious, here are a few on our list of vegetables that you might want to know more about.
- For lack of a better term, there are low carb vegetables that we should be aware of. On our list of vegetables, these tend to be varieties that aren't so sweet, and ones that aren't so very starchy in nature. You might also recognize them as having a relatively high water and fiber content.
- Since we're talking about low carb vegetables, it's probably appropriate to discuss starchy vegetables since these are typically a source of higher carbohydrates. This will give you an idea of what to avoid if you're focusing on lowering your carbohydrate intake.
Vegetables Attributable to National Origin
Although I'm not aware of any vegetable that we call American, there are many others that originate or are attributable to other cultures, countries and regions. Let's add them to our list of vegetables.
- I've raised my share of Chinese vegetables, and it matches well with my interest in preparation of food in a stir fried manner. Let's take a look at some of these tasty and hardy varieties.
- It all depends on your tastes, but I'll bet I can scare up some Mexican vegetables to add more interest to your table. I've grown several varieties with varying success. Let's look at a few.
How About Vegetables with Color?
Every now and then, we'd like to introduce some color onto our plates. Sometimes in a salad, and sometimes just to liven up a hot meal. To that end, lets look at red vegetables and yellow vegetables - two colors that go great together.
If it's more color you seek, what about purple vegetables and white vegetables? And, don't forget that green vegetables come in a number of varieties that we might not ever imagine.
Enjoy a rainbow of colors with your fried eggs or in a stir fry. Who says a list of vegetables can't be nutritious and visually exciting? Include a range of colors as part of your vegetable gardening objectives.
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