List of culinary vegetables

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This is a list of plants that have a culinary role as vegetables. "Vegetable" can be used in several senses, including culinary, botanical and legal. This list includes botanical fruits such as pumpkins, and does not include herbs, spices, cereals and most culinary fruits and culinary nuts. Currently, edible fungi are not included on this list. Legal vegetables are defined for regulatory, tax and other purposes. Examples include tomatoes, which are a botanical berry, but a culinary vegetable for US tax purposes, and even tomato sauce as found on pizza, which is considered a vegetable for use in school lunches in the US.[1]

Some culinary vegetables (like laver) are not even members of the plant kingdom, although mushrooms and other fungi are kept off the list for this reason.

Leafy and salad vegetables[edit]

Garden Cress
Iceberg lettuce field in Northern Santa Barbara County
Spinach in flower
Miner's lettuce


Flowers and flower buds[edit]

Globe artichokes being cooked

Podded vegetables (Legumes)[edit]

Diversity in dry common beans
Varieties of soybeans are used for many purposes.

Bulb and stem vegetables[edit]

Garlic bulbs and individual cloves, one peeled

Root and tuberous vegetables[edit]

Carrots come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and also vary in color, including orange, white and purple.
Potatoes are one of the most used staple foods.

Sea vegetables[edit]

Caulerpa is a genus of edible seaweed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tomato sauce on pizza is a vegetable, says Congress; GOP says healthier school lunches are too expensive". New York Daily News. November 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  2. ^ "Everyday Mysteries: Yam". Library of Congress, United States of America. 2011. 

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