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Vegetables: We’ve Got Veggies That Will Keep You Wanting More

Vegetables provide crucial nutrients to get us through the day, and they also happen to be a delightful part of cuisines across the globe with incredible diversity of flavors and textures. While there is much conversation about what is “really” a fruit vs. a vegetable, for our culinary purposes, we are speaking about vegetables to mean the non-flowering parts of a plant (i.e., roots, stems, leaves) that we eat.

In this section, we invite you to learn more about the wide array of vegetable varieties that have been celebrated in kitchens and palates globally. From leafy greens to root vegetables, Mama Fang’s is here to guide you through the nutritious and delicious world of vegetables.

Vegetable Types

  • Leafy Greens: First, this classic category provides a great base for salads or addition to pasta or soups. This family of vegetables includes spinach, kale, and chard, and leafy greens are notorious for their vitamins and minerals.
  • Root Vegetables: This group of vegetables is made up of underground edible plant parts, many of which can be high in starch content. Some examples of root vegetables include carrots, turnips, and taro. The root vegetable category has some overlap with a couple other subcategories of vegetables on this page as well.
  • Brassica Vegetables: Part of the mustard family, these vegetables are also categorized as cruciferous vegetables, or members of the cabbage family. Brassica vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, bok choy, and – well – cabbage. These vegetables are known for their antioxidants and other vitamins.
  • Nightshades: These vegetables contain alkaloids which function as a natural insecticide while the plants are growing. Nightshades, or Solanaceae, include tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers.
  • Cucurbits: This group of vegetables is made up of the gourd family – think zucchini, pumpkin, and butternut squash. Cucurbits also include some vegetables which you may not guess would fall into this group, like bitter melon and cucumber.
  • Stem Vegetables: While many vegetables contain substantial amounts of stem, this group of vegetables consists of plants where most of the vegetable is primarily above ground stems. This includes celery, asparagus, rhubarb, and bamboo shoots.
  • Allium Vegetables: This family of grass-like flowering plants provides us with some kitchen favorites, including onions, garlic, leeks, and scallions. For this grouping, most of the plants produce edible bulbs and leaves.
  • Mallows: This flowering plant family includes the likes of okra and durian. This plant family also produces non-vegetable plants we know and love, like cotton, cacao, and hibiscus plants.

With over a thousand types of vegetables to choose from, there are many that we did not discuss above, and we’d love to answer any questions you have. Visit us soon as our staff is always available to help.

Have a recipe that features your favorite veggies? We’d love to hear it!

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