QUIZ: Identify These Common Vegetables

It’s common to see broccoli and Brussels sprouts on the table of any decent home chef, but the people who know how to utilize beets and artichokes when they’re in season can be trusted in the kitchen of any home or restaurant. Identifying all of the veggies in the supermarket can be a difficult task for inexperienced cooks, but the vegetables in this quiz may stump even the most culinary minded people.

What kind of vegetable is this low growing, succulent plant?

  • Pickleweed
  • Stinkweed
  • Water Beans
  • Wasabi Sprouts

Pickleweed has a high salt tolerance, so instead of secreting salt like other plants, it stores it so the plant can thrive in salty environments. The green tips are often steamed and served as a vegetable or eaten raw as a salad.

It’s often used to make a casserole for Thanksgiving. What type of green vegetable is this?

  • Jalapeño
  • Pumpkin
  • Bell Pepper
  • Green Beans

Green beans are full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin B-6 and are often steamed or baked. However, despite the fact that it’s mistaken for a vegetable, it’s actually an unripe fruit.

It’s ugly on the outside, and its interior looks like a potato. What is it?

  • Russian Garlic
  • African Ginger
  • Sunchoke
  • Sweet Potato

Sunchokes are tubular-shaped, thin-skinned root vegetables that are often mistaken for Jerusalem artichokes. But Sunchokes don’t taste like artichokes at all and they don’t come from Jerusalem either.

It might look a bit like lettuce, but what type of green and leafy garden vegetable is this?

  • Kale
  • Turnip
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach

Kale is considered one of the healthiest foods out there and it only takes about 5 minutes to prepare. But did you know that once upon a time, it was used to treat symptoms of drunkenness?

What kind of vegetable is this?

  • Broccoflower
  • Borlotti Broccoli
  • Christmasflower
  • Romanesco

Romanesco broccoli is a chartreuse-colored flower bud that’s completely edible. The main reason it stands out from regular broccoli is because of its visual approximation of a fractal.

It looks a bit like a zucchini, but it’s not. What vegetable is this?

  • Italian Green Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash

Summer squash, which should never be confused with yellow zucchini, has a ton of vitamin C and vitamin B-6. But did you know that it’s also an immature squash that’s been harvested early? This is why the rind is still tender and edible.

You might confuse it for a green-looking tomato, but what vegetable is this?

  • Acorn Tomatoes
  • Ground Berries
  • Tomatillo
  • Green Apple

Also known as Mexican husk tomato, the tomatillo is a small, round green or sometimes greenish purple plant that look like unripe tomatoes with a dry, leafy husk wrapped around the outside.

It might look like a cantaloupe with a black shell, but what is it really?

  • Black Radish
  • Water Knob
  • Black Chestnut
  • Black Melon

Black radish, also known as Black Spanish radish, has a tough black skin and white fleshy interior. You can cut them into slices and sauté them in a little butter, turning them over as they cook until they’re tender and dappled with brown spots.

They’re long, white and have a mushroom tip. What vegetable is this?

  • Bamboo Shoots
  • White Asparagus
  • Albino Asparagus
  • Purple Asparagus

White asparagus is the same as green asparagus but without chlorophyll, aka the green in plants that helps generate oxygen when sunlight hits them. Some people like them because white asparagus tends to be sweeter and more tender than green asparagus.

It looks like sweet potatoes, but what type of vegetable is it?

  • Tat Soi
  • Okinawan Sweet Potato
  • Jamaican Yam
  • Potato

This slightly sweet tasting vegetable is also known as a Hawaiian Sweet Potato and it has a tubular shape. It also has a buff colored skin with earthy spots and a fleshy violet interior.

It’s reddish purple and can stain your hands. What vegetable is this?

  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Beets

Beets are a popular root veggie used in different dishes around the world and they make a great addition to any salad. But did you know that they have lots of cancer fighting agents that have the power to detoxify the body and also act as an anti-inflammatory?

They look like coral raisins. What vegetables are these?

  • Tiger nuts
  • Skirret
  • Banana Squash Seeds
  • Asparagus

Also known as earth almonds, tiger nuts aren’t nuts at all. They’re actually edible tubers about the size of a chickpea, only wrinkly and with a chewy texture that tastes like coconut or almonds.

They look a bit like white worms, but what vegetable is this?

  • Horseradish
  • Chinese Artichoke
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Tat Soi

Commonly called artichoke betony, this veggie originates from China and is a root vegetable that can eaten raw, cooked, dried, or pickled and they tend to have a nutty flavor.

They might look like regular leaves, but they’re not. What are they?

  • Celery
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Peas

Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that originated in Persia. Farmers love them because they’re able to withstand the cold winter weather without dying. And doctors suggest eating spinach on a regular basis because it has the power to reduce blood pressure and improve eyesight.

What are these coiled up green vegetables called?

  • Fiddleheads
  • Coilies
  • Cymbopogon
  • Jerusalem Artichoke

Fiddlehead greens are the furled fronts of a young fern that get harvested and used as a vegetable for cooking. It gets its name after the wound bow carved into the neck of a violin which looks similar to this curly veggie.

They’re green and hairy. What are they?

  • Radishes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Soybeans
  • Chard

Soybeans are a type of legume that are native to East Asia and used as unfermented food such as tofu and soy milk. Soybeans are used to create substitutes for milk, cheese and oil and are rich in protein, too.

What vegetable is this?

  • Broad Bean Sprouts
  • Ramps
  • Adzuki onions
  • Onion

Ramps are a species of wild onions grown throughout eastern Canada and the United States. Most people either add some compound butter and cook them or they’ll chop them up and sprinkle them in a salad.

It has an orange interior and often looks like a potato on the outside. What is it?

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber

Sweet potatoes are sweet, starchy root vegetables that come in a variety of colors like orange, white and purple. They’re also rich in fiber, antioxidants, minerals like potassium, and vitamins like vitamin B-6.

What is this reddish leafy vegetable called?

  • Dulse
  • Raddichio
  • Red Young Cabbage
  • Red Lettuce

Dulse is a lettuce-like seaweed that tastes like bacon and is packed with minerals and proteins. In fact, it’s considered a superfood that has twice the nutritional value of Kale.

They might look onions, but they’re not, well, not exactly. What is it?

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Shallots

Shallots are close relatives to onions, garlic and chives, which is why so many cooks tend to use them as a suitable substitute when they’re all out of onions. And like onions, shallots can be diced, minced, or sliced.

It looks like a cross between a potato and an onion, but what is it really?

  • Anise Root
  • Russian Gourd
  • Jicama
  • Yam

Jicama is also known as Mexican turnip and it is rich in fiber, which is why it deserves a spot in your dishes. Some people in Central America will eat it raw and seasoned with lemon or lime juice and chili powder.

It looks a bit like celery but has a reddish exterior. What is it?

  • Rhubarb
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Broccoli

Rhubarbs are known for their bright pink or magenta color. And although it has a sour or tart taste, it is often cooked with sugar to make things like pies. It also works quite well as an additive for sauces.

What is this lettuce looking thing with leaves sprouting out of it?

  • Konjac Root
  • Eddoe
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce Head

Also known as German turnip, the Kohlrabi is a cultivar of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower and can be eaten raw or cooked. Its taste and texture are somewhere between a broccoli stem and cabbage.

They look an awful lot like lettuce heads, but they’re actually much smaller. What are they?

  • Kale
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Brussel Sprouts

These little green vegetables look like tiny lettuces and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and fiber. Most people opt to sauté them until they have a crisp, caramelized exterior while remaining tender yet firm on the inside.

It might look like a stick, but it’s much more than that. What vegetable is it?

  • Taro
  • Salsify
  • Bamboo shoot
  • Alfalfa Sprout

Although the root looks a bit ugly and grubby when first pulled out of the ground, salsify can be braised, sauteed, boiled, baked, or steamed just like carrots, potatoes and parsnips. And many compare it to the taste of an artichoke.
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