This web site is devoted to the vegetable, the main sustainer of human life. Without vegetables the human race would rapidly become unhealthy and become unsustainable.
The noun vegetable usually means an edible plant or part of a plant other than a sweet fruit or seed.
However, the word is not scientific, and its meaning is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition.
For example, some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables, while others consider them a separate food category. Therefore, the application of the word is somewhat arbitrary and subjective.
Some vegetables can be consumed raw, and some may (or must) be cooked in various ways, most often in non-sweet (savoury or salty) dishes.
- However, a few vegetables are often used in desserts and other sweet dishes, such as rhubarb pies and carrot cakes.