Vegetable

Vegetables are parts of plants that are consumed by humans or other animals as food. The original meaning is still commonly used and is applied to plants collectively to refer to all edible plant matter, including the flowers, fruits, stems, leaves, roots, and seeds.

Harper Collins and Lucy Peel (2004) grouped different vegetables into the following eight main types: (1) salad vegetables, (2) fruiting vegetables, (3) squash vegetables, (4) shooting vegetables, (5) leafy vegetables, (6) pod and seed vegetables, (7) bulb vegetables, and (8) root vegetables.

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