However, the word is not scientific, and its meaning is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition. Some vegetables can be consumed raw, some may be eaten raw or cooked, and some must be cooked in order to be edible. Vegetables are most often cooked in savory or salty dishes. However, a few vegetables are often used in desserts and other sweet dishes, such as rhubarb pie and carrot cake. The meaning of “vegetable” as “plant grown for food” was not established until the 18th century.
This is a list of vegetables in the culinary sense. This means that the list includes some botanical fruits such as pumpkins, and does not include herbs, spices, cereals and most culinary fruits and culinary nuts. Currently edible fungi are not included on this list. Some culinary vegetables (seaweeds like laver) are not even members of the plant kingdom.