The Versatility and Flavor of Fruits and Vegetables
Vegetable is a general term used for any part of a plant that may be consumed as food. The original meaning was more literally, “down to earth.” Vegetable means something that is in the earth or that derives its nourishment from the earth. This definition is not very difficult to understand given that vegetables are certainly in the earth or that derive their nourishment from the soil. The only difference between vegetable and fruit is that plants grown for consumption are allowed to grow freely while those that are cultivated for ornamental purposes are restricted to be upright.
Vegetable refers to any part of a plant that is consumed as food. The original idea is still widely used today and is often applied to varieties of plants together with other fruits, such as tomatoes, to refer to the edible whole plant material, including the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and even the seeds. Some botanists and agriculturalists still use the term to this day when referring to whole plant material, including potatoes, carrots, squash, and cucumbers. Some gardeners still use it to this day when describing plants in the field. The only difference between fruit and vegetable is that fruit is an edible fruit to vegetables are not.
The parts of a fruit that we eat are the skin, seeds, and stems. Fruits also come in many forms, depending on how they’re prepared. Some fruits are eaten straight out of the tree; others need to be prepared and cooked first. Many vegetables are in both forms, such as broccoli and carrots.
Fruits are divided into two major categories, fruits which fall under the class of solid forms, such as oranges and apples, and juices that come from fruits, such as watermelon and melon. Vegetable is a broader category that includes all parts of a plant aside from the leaves and stems. Fruits and vegetables are most often separated by the way they’re prepared. A fruit vegetable, for example, can be mixed with milk and sugar to make jam or sauce, or used to make a puree. On the other hand, vegetables can be eaten raw or used in sauces or soups.
Today, more people are turning to healthy, organic, pesticide-free food and household cleaners, which make pesticides obsolete. One reason for this trend is the fact that the chemical compounds found in commercial products are dangerous to our health and the environment. Another reason is the fact that fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients, which we can get from plant foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. By choosing to eat more fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables, we can also be doing our part to save our planet, which are under constant attack from pollutants from factories and farm fields, farmers’ chemicals, and other sources. Since a large part of the world’s food supply is produced in the United States and Canada, it’s especially important for us to take steps toward reducing our carbon footprint and reclaim our water supplies.
Probably the best advice for eating fruits and vegetables is to experiment and see what combinations appeal to you the most. Try different combinations in the beginning to find out which ones you enjoy the most, then branch out and try new combinations in other cuisines and dishes. Just remember that even if an edible doesn’t have a familiar name, it probably tastes the same as a vegetable.