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Vegetables

acorn squash

noun

a small round squash (=a hard smooth vegetable), usually orange or yellow, in the shape of an acorn

artichoke

noun

a round green vegetable with thick pointed leaves arranged close together in layers. After cooking it, you pull off each leaf and eat the soft bottom part.

arugula

noun

rocket, eaten in salads

asparagus

noun

a long thin green vegetable whose stems and tips (=pointed ends) are eaten

aubergine

noun

a vegetable with a smooth dark purple skin and white flesh. The American word is eggplant.

bamboo shoots

noun

a vegetable consisting of the stems of a young bamboo plant, used especially in Chinese cooking

beet

noun

a beetroot

beet

noun

a sugar beet

beetroot

noun

the round dark-purple root of a vegetable that is cooked and eaten cold, especially in salads. The American word is beet.

bhindi

noun

okra

bok choy

noun

pak choi

brinjal

noun

an aubergine

broccoli

noun

a vegetable consisting of green stems with many small green or purple buds on the ends

Brussels sprout

noun

a small round vegetable consisting of many green leaves wrapped tightly around each other

butternut squash

noun

a long orange vegetable shaped like a bell with a hard skin and solid orange flesh that becomes soft when cooked

cabbage

noun

a hard round vegetable with green or purple leaves that can be eaten raw in salads or cooked

calabrese

noun

a dark green vegetable that is a type of broccoli

capsicum

noun

a red, green, or yellow pepper

carrot

noun

a long hard orange vegetable that grows under the ground and has green leaves on its top

cauliflower

noun

a vegetable with a hard round white central part surrounded by green leaves

celeriac

noun

a large white vegetable that grows under the ground and is eaten raw or cooked. It is a type of celery.

celery

noun

a pale green vegetable with a group of long stems that are eaten raw or cooked

chard

noun

a vegetable with white stems and large dark green leaves

chicory

noun

a vegetable with stiff white leaves that have a bitter taste, usually eaten raw in salads

chicory

noun

an endive

chilli

noun

a red or green vegetable with a hot taste, usually thin and pointed in shape

Chinese cabbage

noun

chinese leaves

Chinese leaves

noun

a vegetable that has large pale green leaves with thick white stalks. It can be cooked or eaten raw in salads.

corn on the cob

noun

the top part of a maize plant, cooked and eaten as a vegetable

cos lettuce

noun

a type of long thin lettuce

courgette

noun

a long vegetable with dark green skin. The American word is zucchini.

cucumber

noun

a long thin vegetable that has a dark green skin and is white inside. It is usually eaten raw in salads.

eggplant

noun

an aubergine

endive

noun

a vegetable with curly green leaves eaten in salad

endive

noun

the vegetable chicory

fennel

noun

a pale green vegetable with seeds and leaves that are used for flavouring food

garden egg

noun

an aubergine

garlic

noun

a round white vegetable with small sections called cloves which you add to food for a strong pleasant flavour. The whole garlic is called a bulb.

globe artichoke

noun

a round green vegetable in which the leaves grow in a ball shape on a tall stem

green bean

noun

a long thin green vegetable that grows on a tall climbing plant

green pepper

noun

a hollow green vegetable containing small white seeds. It can be eaten raw in salads or cooked.

iceberg lettuce

noun

a round pale green lettuce with leaves that form a tight ball

jalapeño

noun

a small green or red pepper often used in Mexican cooking for giving food a hot flavour

Jerusalem artichoke

noun

a vegetable with a very pale brown skin and white flesh. It grows under the ground.

kale

noun

a vegetable with large curly dark-green leaves. Kale is a type of cabbage.

kohlrabi

noun

a hard round vegetable, eaten raw in salads or cooked

leek

noun

a long thin vegetable that tastes similar to an onion and is white at one end with green leaves at the other

lettuce

noun

a vegetable with large thin green leaves that you eat raw in a salad

mangetout

noun

a small flat green vegetable with very small seeds inside. It is a type of pea and you can eat its skin.

marrow

noun

a large long vegetable that has a dark green skin and is white inside

new potato

noun

a small potato taken from the ground early in the year

okra

noun

a vegetable with long green pods (=seed containers) that is used especially in African and South Asian cooking

onion

noun

a round vegetable with thin dry skin and many layers inside that tastes and smells very strong

pak choi

noun

a Chinese vegetable with long dark green leaves and white stems

parsnip

noun

a long white hard vegetable that grows under the ground

pea

noun

a very small round green vegetable that grows in a long narrow pod

pepper

noun

a red, green, orange, or yellow vegetable with small white seeds inside. It can be eaten raw in salads or cooked.

pepper

noun

a small pepper with a strong hot flavour

pimento

noun

a small red vegetable that is a type of pepper

plantain

noun

a type of banana (=long yellow fruit) used as a vegetable in cooking Caribbean and African foods

potato

noun

a very common hard round vegetable that has a brown, red, or yellow skin and is white or yellow inside. It grows under the ground and can be cooked in many different ways

pumpkin

noun

a large round vegetable with a thick orange skin and large seeds

radicchio

noun

a vegetable with small purple and white leaves, eaten raw in salads

radish

noun

a small pink or red vegetable that is eaten raw in salads

red pepper

noun

a red vegetable with small white seeds inside. It can be eaten raw in salads or cooked.

rocket

noun

a leaf vegetable with a strong flavour, eaten raw in salads

romaine

noun

a type of lettuce with long narrow firm leaves. The usual British word is cos lettuce.

russet

noun

a type of potato with russet coloured skin

rutabaga

noun

a swede

savoy cabbage

noun

a type of cabbage (=a round green vegetable) whose leaves are curly, not smooth

scallion

noun

a spring onion

shallot

noun

a small vegetable similar to an onion

snow pea

noun

a mangetout

spinach

noun

a vegetable with dark green leaves that can be cooked or eaten raw in salads

spring greens

noun

the leaves of young cabbages

spring onion

noun

a small white onion with a long thin stem with green leaves on it that is often eaten raw in salads

sprout

noun

a brussels sprout

spud

noun

a potato

sugar beet

noun

a vegetable that grows under the ground and is used for producing sugar

swede

noun

a hard round yellow vegetable that grows under the ground

sweet pepper

noun

a green, red, or yellow vegetable that does not have a strong flavour. Sweet peppers are often simply called peppers.

sweet potato

noun

a vegetable with a slightly sweet taste that looks like a potato with pink skin

Swiss chard

noun

a vegetable with large green leaves and thick stems

tater

noun

a potato

tattie

noun

a potato

turnip

noun

a large round light-coloured root vegetable that grows under the ground

veg

noun

vegetables

water chestnut

noun

a small hard white vegetable, often used in Asian cooking

wild rice

noun

the seed of a grass that grows in North America, eaten as a vegetable

yam

noun

a sweet potato

yam

noun

a root vegetable that looks like a long white potato and has a brown skin

zucchini

noun

a courgette

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