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.
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
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 >
Commonly mistaken for a fruit, watermelons are actually vegetables that are part of the squash and cucumber family. The first watermelons, which originally grew in Africa, were mostly seeds and rind, while the watermelons eaten all over the world today are sweeter, larger and have thinner rinds.Full Answer >
The root vegetable swede, a member of the cabbage family, is also known as the yellow turnip, Swedish turnip, Russian turnip, rutabaga or neeps. Swedes resemble turnips and are purple-green on the outside and yellow-orange on the inside.Full Answer >
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 >