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. The alternate definition of the term vegetable is applied somewhat arbitrarily, often by culinary and cultural tradition. It may exclude foods derived from some plants that are fruits, flowers, nuts, and cereal grains, but include some fruits such as tomatoes and courgettes, flowers such as broccoli, and seeds such as pulses.
Originally, vegetables were collected from the wild by hunter-gatherers and entered cultivation in several parts of the world, probably during the period 10,000 BC to 7,000 BC, when a new agricultural way of life developed. At first, plants which grew locally would have been cultivated, but as time went on, trade brought exotic crops from elsewhere to add to domestic types. Nowadays, most vegetables are grown all over the world as climate permits, and crops may be cultivated in protected environments in less suitable locations. China is the largest producer of vegetables and global trade in agricultural products allows consumers to purchase vegetables grown in faraway countries. The scale of production varies from subsistence farmers supplying the needs of their family for food, to agribusinesses with vast acreages of single-product crops. Depending on the type of vegetable concerned, harvesting the crop is followed by grading, storing, processing, and marketing.
Vegetables can be eaten either raw or cooked and play an important role in human nutrition, being mostly low in fat and carbohydrates, but high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Many nutritionists encourage people to consume plenty of fruit and vegetables, five or more portions a day often being recommended.

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  1. Ramana

    Recipe Lauki and sprouts vegetable

    An unusual combination indeed, you are right even I thought so initially. When I was trying different combinations with the vegetable lauki/ bottle gourd, I tried out the combination and found it to be highly palatable. Ingredients (serve- 2pax) 1 medium size lauki 1/2cup moong dal sprouts 2...
  2. A

    Recipe Almond, lentil and vegetable soup

    This seemed to work well. 500g red lentils 200g ground almonds 670g cherry tomatoes 500g chopped (but not peeled) carrotts 1 aubergine cut up, but not peeled. Put them in a (large) pot following the instructions for lentils. Then pureee. At the end add 2 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of black pepper and...
  3. medtran49

    Recipe Bibimbap

    4-5 servings, recipe is easily doubled, tripled. You can vary the vegetables, use kale or chard or even sliced Brussel sprouts instead of spinach. If you don't like carrots, use baby corn, just boil them some so they are more tender and not so salty, or charred/peeled red or orange bell...
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    Cauliflower.jpeg

  5. Tossed Salad

    Tossed Salad

    Tossed Salad
  6. Bell Pepper and Tomato Tossed Salad

    Bell Pepper and Tomato Tossed Salad

    Bell Pepper and Tomato Tossed Salad
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    Aromatic-herbs flavoured roast veggies.jpeg

  8. Aromatic-herbs flavoured roast veggies.jpeg

    Aromatic-herbs flavoured roast veggies.jpeg

  9. Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers

    Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers

    Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers
  10. Red Bell Pepper

    Red Bell Pepper

    Red Bell Pepper
  11. Orange Bell Pepper

    Orange Bell Pepper

    Orange Bell Pepper
  12. Yellow Bell Pepper

    Yellow Bell Pepper

    Yellow Bell Pepper
  13. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe New England Vegetable Chowder

    This is another of our old favourites from the long since deceased BBC Vegetarian Good food magazine which ceased publication back in the 90's! If you are making a dairy free version then you have a couple of options but by far the best tasting is to switch to homemade cashew nut milk and...
  14. Mixed Tossed Salad

    Mixed Tossed Salad

    Mixed Tossed Salad
  15. Packaged O'Brien Hash Browns with Onions and Peppers

    Packaged O'Brien Hash Browns with Onions and Peppers

    Packaged O'Brien Hash Browns with Onions and Peppers
  16. Packaged Instant Mash Potato Flakes

    Packaged Instant Mash Potato Flakes

    Packaged Instant Mash Potato Flakes
  17. Chicken Barley Vegetable Soup

    Chicken Barley Vegetable Soup

    Chicken Barley Vegetable Soup
  18. Spring Onions

    Spring Onions

    Spring Onions
  19. Morning Glory

    Recipe Root vegetable stew with tarragon

    Tarragon really brings out the sweetness and earthiness of the root vegetables here. This is simple fare but delicious nonetheless. If you wanted to you could add some pre-cooked beans or lentils to add protein. Use vegetable oil in place of butter for a vegan version. You could use dried...
  20. Anchovy Layered Salad

    Anchovy Layered Salad

    Anchovy Layered Salad
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