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Vegetable Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Trivia questions with answers about vegetables.


Vegetable Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

The Culinary definition of a vegetable is largely based on what?
A: Culinary and cultural tradition.

Apart from vegetables, what are the other main types of plant food?
A: Fruits, grains and nuts.

How are vegetables usually consumed?
A: As salads or cooked in savory or salty dishes.

Some people consider mushrooms to be vegetables even though they are not what?
A: Plants.

Other people consider mushrooms a separate what?
A: Food category.

Some cultures group potatoes with what?
A: Cereal products such as noodles or rice.

Most English speakers would consider potatoes as what?
A: Vegetables.

Some vegetables must be cooked to destroy toxins or microbes in order to be what?
A: Safe to eat.


When was the word vegetable first recorded in English?
A: In the early 15th century from Old French.

In 1767, the meaning of the term "vegetable" was specified to mean what?
A:  "Plant cultivated for food, edible herb or root.".

The year 1955 noted the first use of what shortened, slang term?
A:  "veggie".

As an adjective, the word vegetable is used in scientific and technical contexts with broader meaning, namely what?
A: Related to plants.

The meaning of "vegetable" as "plant grown for food" was not established until when?
A: The 18th century.

In everyday, grocery-store, culinary language, the words "fruit" and "vegetable" are what?
A: Mutually exclusive; plant products called fruit are hardly ever called vegetables, and vice-versa.

Many things usually called "vegetables", such as eggplants, bell peppers, and tomatoes, are what?
A: Botanically fruits.


The cereals (grains) are what?
A: Both a fruit and a vegetable, as well as some spices like black pepper and chili peppers.

In 1893, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is correctly identified as, and thus taxed as, a what?
A: A vegetable, for the purposes of the Tariff of 1883 on imported produce.

What did the Supreme Court acknowledge?
A: That, botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit.

The nutritional content of vegetables varies considerably, though generally they don't contain much what?
A: Protein or fat.

Vegetables have varying proportions of what?
A: Vitamins, provitamins, dietary minerals and carbohydrates.

They have a large variety of other what?
A: Phytochemicals, some of which have been claimed to have antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties.

Vegetables also contain fiber which is important for what?
A: Gastrointestinal function.


Vegetables contain important nutrients necessary for healthy what?
A: Hair and skin.

What is a person who refrains from dairy and meat products, and eats only plants called?
A: A vegan.

Vegetables often also contain what?
A: Toxins.

What might be necessary to eliminate or reduce the toxins or other harmful compounds?
A: Cooking and/or other processing.

The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommends eating how many servings of vegetables each day?
A: 3 to 5.

For most vegetables, one serving is about how much?
A:  1/2 cup and can be eaten raw or cooked.

For leafy greens, such as lettuce and spinach, how big is a typical serving?
A: 1 cup.