Scientifically, vegetables are any part of a plant that does not contain seeds or develop from flowers. This includes the roots, stems, leaves and tubers. On the dinner table, however, vegetables are produce that tastes more savory than sweet.
Examples of vegetables include carrots, celery, kale, beets, broccoli and potatoes. Although many people classify beans, corn, pepper, cucumber and tomatoes as vegetables, they are technically fruits because they contain seeds. Despite the semantic differences, fruits and vegetables have similarities. They contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. These nutrients help protect against heart disease, obesity and certain types of cancer, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Learn More
In general, it takes around 50 hours for fruit to completely digest and move through the entire digestive tract. However, sugar from ingested fruit can move from the digestive tract to the bloodstream in only 15 minutes, particularly if the fruit is taken as juice.Full Answer >
Oranges cannot be ripened after they have been harvested, so the key is to harvest them at just the right moment of their growing season. By verifying the variety of orange, home growers can help to narrow down when their oranges should be ready for eating.Full Answer >
Crabapples are edible according to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Most varieties of crabapples have a very sour taste and are usually used for making cider, apple butter, jams or jellies rather than eaten as-is. Some Asian cultures use them as a sour condiment.Full Answer >
Some vegetables that start with the letter D are daikon, dasheen, dandelion and dill. Daikon is also known as winter radish, and dasheen is sometimes called eddo or taro.Full Answer >