A List of Vegetables that
Flower and Bear "Fruit"

Turning into veggie freak, are you? Then, perhaps you'll enjoy this list of vegetables (the third in our series). As you'll see, these veggies belong to the "fruiting and flowering" category and include definitions only if they seem a little out of the ordinary.

If you really wanted a list of green and leafy vegetables, just click here. For podded veggies, click here. But don't be too hasty: the veggies here are good, too. Although there are fewer of them than of green and leafies, for example, it'll still take you a while to sample every one.

And that's half the fun anyway. If you’re going to “do” veggies, you just as well go all the way, right? So look for recipes that use these—or make up your own.

If we've missed a veggie that belongs here, please drop us a line; we like to hear about and try out new vegetables ourselves. In the meantime, here's the list of vegetables we’ve come up with thus far in the fruiting/flowering category. (Many thanks to Foodista and Wikipedia for help with some of these definitions.)

List of Vegetables that

Flower and Bear Fruit

From the Tree

  • Avocado: I think this one is pretty obvious, no?

  • Breadfruit: has the texture and consistency of yams, sweet potatoes, and similar ground veggies; apparently, the core should Not be eaten but removed prior to cooking. Click here for a breadfruit doughnut recipe. (Who knew?!) And thank you, Foodista.

From Plants

  • Acorn squash
  • Armenian cucumber: a.k.a. snake cucumber, snake Melon, yard-long cucumber; tastes like a cuke and usually eaten with the skin on. My dad raised these once, and they were pretty good—if cucumbers are your thing.
  • Aubergine: think eggplant.
  • Bell pepper (aka sweet pepper): we know this one, right?

  • Caigua: used in Peru as a vegetable, but also has some medicinal applications.
  • Cape gooseberry: ground Cherry, husk Tomato, golden Berry; to me these seem to be on the cusp between veggie and fruit. Very tasty, though.
  • Capsicum
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chayote squash:
  • Chili pepper
  • Courgette (see zucchini)
  • Cucumber

  • Eggplant (see aubergine)

  • Luffa: a squash, picked before maturity to eat as a vegetable...and is also sometimes used as a bath sponge. Now, there's a versatile veggie.

  • Malabar gourd: sometimes called Asian pumpkin; rich in protein content and cooked as a vegetable when immature.

  • Parwal: sometimes called pointed gourd or green potato; used in soups, stews, and curries.
  • Pattypan squash: these are the pretty little white summer squash with scalloped edges.
  • Pumpkin: beautiful to look at (and carve into faces) pumpkin is used in veggie dishes and also as an ingredient in luscious baked goods.

  • Raw mango: sometimes the unripe mango is eaten pickled or in chutneys—or even on its own with salt, chiles, or soy sauce.)

  • Snake gourd: a long, vine-grown fruit used as a vegetable and also for medicine. According to Wikipedia, also used for making didgeridoos(!)
  • Squash: a.k.a. marrow. (Did you know that? I sure didn't.)
  • Sweet corn: we know this one, right?
  • Sweet pepper: see bell pepper; other varieties are pimiento, cachucha, European sweet, bull horn (thin, curved and green), cubanelle (long, tapered, yellow to red), and sweet banana pepper.

  • Tinda: also called Indian round gourd or apple gourd or Indian Baby Pumpkin; squash-like and grown for its immature fruit, which is eaten as a vegetable.
  • Tomatillo: a.k.a. husk tomato; relative of the common tomato and indispensable ingredient of salsa verde.
  • Tomato: uh-huh.

  • Winter melon: also called white gourd, ash gourd, or "fuzzy melon"; grown for its very large fruit, which when mature is eaten as a vegetable.
  • West Indian gherkin: similar to and also related to the cucumber.

  • Zucchini: great both raw and in veggie dishes. Also can add a lot to baked goods.

Flowers or Flower Buds

  • Artichoke: formidable-looking but also tasty vegetable prized particularly for its heart. Although a little fiddly to eat, many find it delicious.

  • Broccoli: see green and leafy vegetables.

  • Cauliflower: a close cousin of broccoli, although white instead of green and somewhat milder in flavor. Delicious raw (IMHO).

  • Squash blossoms: a truly incredible treat when stuffed with cheese (Jarlsberg is great for this), rolled in a light batter, and then baked (my preference) or fried.

  • Edible flowers of all kinds: (click here to read more about these treasures.)

That's it (so far) for this "list of vegetables,"
and of course there will be some veggies missing. As always, if you have one to suggest, please let us know. Meanwhile, check out our other two veggie lists: list of vegetables green and leafy and our list of podded vegetables.

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