Vegetable food refers to any part of a plant that is eaten as food by humans or other creatures. The original concept is still widely used today and is often applied collectively to describe all edible plant material, even the leaves, flowers, roots, seeds, and branches. In its broadest sense, vegetable food can mean any of the following: vegetables, fruits, legumes (which must be certified as organically grown), and nuts. (Carbs have their share of vegetable food too.) Some examples of foodstuffs made from these different components can be seen in any local market.
One of the primary differences between vegetable food and fruit is that plants with fruit display the entire fruit on the stem. Plants with vegetables, on the other hand, usually have some foliage on the lower half of the stem. Most vegetables are root-bound and grow close to the ground. Although they may not require replanting every year, most vegetables will survive for one or two years if you carefully select the plants you want to grow. For those who prefer to start out in the garden from seed, soft fruits like watermelons, aubergines, strawberries, and cantaloupe make ideal vegetable garden plants.
Summary Beans is small, round-shaped plant foods with a gelatinous covering which is the by-product of the bean’s seeds. These plant foods are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, and phosphorus. They are best prepared as sauces, stews, and casseroles. However, beans also make excellent grocery and store-purchasing items, since they are so cheap and plentiful.
Summary While many people have become familiar with the term “vegetable soup,” this term can be misleading if we base our judgment on what’s in the container. The reality is that beans themselves are not only a great source of protein, but also fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. For most people, a bowl of soup is not the ideal vegetable meal. If you’re trying to add variety and fiber to your diet without sacrificing taste and satisfaction, consider adding black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, or another bean variety that has less animal products in it.
Summary If you’re looking for a hearty, long-lasting source of carbohydrates, you might want to think about adding beans, peas, potatoes, and corn to your diet. Of course, these plant foods also make terrific pasta options, although using them to replace pasta dishes will probably increase your carbs. Vegetables such as peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, kale, and cauliflower make terrific side dishes, as well. And you can always turn any of these vegetables into delicious meals by further roasting, steaming, grilling, or broiling them.
The vegetable garden can be a beautiful addition to your home. Growing your own vegetables can provide many satisfying aspects of a satisfying diet. Plant foods such as tomatoes, carrots, spinach, squash, beans, cabbage, legumes, leafy greens, onions, and corn can provide a healthy, tasty diet all year long. If you’re looking for a way to expand your vegetable garden, consider the easy steps above to help ensure healthy, great tasting vegetables all year long. Happy gardening!