However, the word is not scientific, and its meaning is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition. Therefore, the application of the word is somewhat arbitrary and subjective. For example, some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables, while others consider them a separate food category.
The list of food items called "vegetable" is quite long, and includes many different parts of plants:
- broccoli, cauliflower, globe artichokes, capers
- Sweet corn (maize), peas, beans
- kale, collard greens, spinach, arugula, beet greens, bok choy, chard, choi sum, turnip greens, endive, lettuce, mustard greens, watercress, garlic chives, gai lan
- Brussels sprouts
- Kohlrabi, galangal, and ginger
- celery, rhubarb, cardoon, Chinese celery
- asparagus, bamboo shoots
- potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, sweet potatoes, taro, and yams
- soybean (moyashi), mung beans, urad, and alfalfa.
- carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, rutabagas, turnips, and burdocks.
- onions, shallots, garlic
- Fruits in the botanical sense, but used as vegetables
- tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchinis, pumpkins, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, christophene, okra, breadfruit and avocado, and also the following:
- green beans, lentils, snow peas, soybean