A mushroom is a fungus and fungi are not vegetables. Vegetables are grown from seeds and rely on sunlight for growth. Mushrooms are grown from microscopic spores in a dark environment.
A vegetable is an edible part of a plant, including stems, roots, leaves and flower buds that can be cooked or eaten raw. Mushrooms can also be eaten raw or cooked and are used for food preparation in the same ways that vegetables are.
Common varieties of mushrooms include white button, Porcini, shiitake and portobello. Mushrooms should be cleaned with water or a damp cloth before preparing or eating. Mushrooms can be stored in the freezer after cooking or in a paper bag in the refrigerator to retain freshness.Learn More
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 difference between a vegetable and a fruit is that vegetables are the edible portions of a plant, such as the leaves, stem, roots, tubers, bulbs and flowers, while a fruit is the mature ovary of a plant. Many plants that are considered fruits are botanically vegetables.Full Answer >
Cruciferous vegetables are those vegetables in the cabbage family including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy. Cruciferous vegetables contain fiber and important phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.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 >