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. medtran49

    Recipe Roasted Vegetable Mayo

    This can be used as a spread for sandwiches, like the porchetta, caramelized onions, gruyere sliders as above, or as a dip for crudites. Anybody recognize Morning Glory 's buns? Recipe adapted from You searched for vegetable mayonnaise - Andrew Zimmern INGREDIENTS 2 cups mayonnaise 1 medium...
  2. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Frozen fruit and vegetables

    How much frozen fruit or veg do you use? This is stuff purchased ready frozen from the supermarket, not freezing fresh stuff or home grown stuff, but actually already frozen. It might surprise you to know that I use quite a bit. In my freezer at the moment are the following ready frozen fruit...
  3. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Vegetable Ratatouille

    The ingredient quantities in this are very flexible. It can easily be scaled up or down as needed. If you've only 2 courgettes and 2 aubergine, no problem. It will still work quite happily. You'll see sugar in the list of ingredients. I often use it in tomato dishes as a seasoning, exactly in...
  4. medtran49

    Recipe Mexican rice

    This is not really a Mexican rice recipe, but that is what it was called back in the 1980s. I used to make this back when I was a single working mom. It was cheap, had protein, veges, and carbs. Best of all, it was only a little prep and fast! Recipe can be doubled. Leftovers are still...
  5. karadekoolaid

    Recipe Vegetable Dum Biryani

    Ingredients: 400 gms Basmati rice Butter or ghee 1 large onion, sliced into half moons 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1" piece of ginger, finely chopped 2 small green finger chiles, finely chopped 4-5 whole cardamom seeds, lightly crushed 1 2" stick cinnamon 2-3 bay leaves 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp...
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    Snack Plate

    Sometimes, DH & I don't feel like having a big meal, so I make up what I call Snack Plates.
  7. karadekoolaid

    Recipe Hungarian Lecsó with Lager

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  8. Ramana

    Recipe Lauki and sprouts vegetable

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    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...
  10. medtran49

    Recipe Bibimbap

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  12. Tossed Salad

    Tossed Salad

    Tossed Salad
  13. Bell Pepper and Tomato Tossed Salad

    Bell Pepper and Tomato Tossed Salad

    Bell Pepper and Tomato Tossed Salad
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  16. Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers

    Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers

    Red, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers
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    Red Bell Pepper

    Red Bell Pepper
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    Orange Bell Pepper

    Orange Bell Pepper
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    Yellow Bell Pepper

    Yellow Bell Pepper
  20. 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...
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