According to the United States Department of Agriculture, an artichoke is a vegetable. Ideally picked when the flower bud is small and tender, the artichoke is considered a delicacy.Know More
Found at supermarkets and farmers markets, artichokes are best prepared by steaming or boiling the green leaves of the flower bud. At the center of the bud is the artichoke heart. This part of the artichoke is most flavorful.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, artichokes are easy to grow from seed in most areas. Harvesting the flower bud before it opens by cutting the stem 1 or 2 inches below the bud base ensures the best taste.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
In actuality, humans consume the flowers of several plants as vegetables, including broccoli. The head of broccoli is actually the plant's buds. Left intact with the roots, these buds open to reveal small yellow flowers. In addition to the familiar green variety, it is available as a purple plant. Broccoli is a member of the Brassicaceae family, and closely related to cabbage, kale and bok choy, according to About.com.Full Answer >
Radicchio comes from the Asteracae, or daisy, family and is a kind of chicory. Chicory is an herb with blue flowers. Radicchio is a leaf-chicory, with succulent red and white leaves. Other varieties of chicory have been bred specifically for their taproots, which are mixed with coffee.Full Answer >
From a scientific point of view, a tomato is a fruit, but it is treated as a vegetable in cooking. Biologically, tomatoes develop similarly to many fruits, but cooks use them like vegetables in dishes that are not sweet.Full Answer >
A potato is a starchy vegetable, though the starch in potatoes acts very much like dietary fiber. Because it can't be broken down in the digestive system, this starch has the health benefits of fiber, including lowering levels of "bad" cholesterol.Full Answer >