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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #110490: Vocabulary: vegetables are good for you
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    Vocabulary: vegetables are good for you


    A vegetable is a plant, or any part of a plant that is consumed by human-beings as food (it excludes ‘plant food' such as fruits, nuts, cereal grains and pulses – lentils, chickpeas, etc.)

    There were ‘domestic' vegetables.  Then 'exotic' ones were imported by men (potatoes were introduced (for people) in the 17th century). Nowadays, most vegetables are grown all over the world as climate permits and crops may be cultivated in protected environments in less suitable locations. (in the open air, or in greenhouses)

    They may be eaten either raw or cooked and play an important role in human nutrition. Many governments encourage their citizens to consume plenty of fruit and vegetables (5 or more portions a day being recommended.)

    Some vegetables are eaten raw: here, their names will be written in green X. Others are eaten raw and/or cooked XX whereas a third category are normally always cooked before eaten XXX.  

    This classification is only an indicator ; yet, everybody is free to follow new trends and regional or personal "oddities"   ! You're not at all forbidden to eat raw leeks, or cooked radishes... What's essential, for our health, is to EAT VEGETABLES ! 

                Radishes X (XX? )       Horseradish X  Beetroot XXX
                    Shallot XX                Garlic XX                Parsley XX

                     Artichokes XX  French beans/green beans XXX                   Mushrooms XX
                        Cabbage XXX          Cauliflower XX (X ??)              Brussels sprouts XXX
               Eggplant  XXX        Courgette/Zucchini XXX                  Spinach XXX (X ??)
                      Broccoli XXX              a  Turnip XXX                 Pumpkins XXX

    Whether they are eaten raw or cooked is only a matter of taste, and as you know, " to each his own" (or with a possible slightly derogatory implication) "there's no accounting for taste"!   

    Let's not forget that remarkable invention: frozen or deep-frozen vegetables!

    Here are, anyway, the vegetables you have to know if you want to have a healthy and balanced diet while staying in Anglo-Saxon countries! 

    Well!  It looks as if you knew all the important vegetables!   You must be ready for the test, then ! Good luck!  

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    1. Rich in iron and nutrients, beautifully bright-green-leaved, is now eaten raw in salads.
    2. If you add and to a few potatoes, cooking them together, young children might finally eat and appreciate these vegetables...
    3. 'Eat your chicken and your , Jimmy! They're good for you! ' ' Errr... But, I'm not a rabbit, Mom!'
    4. Whether they're called French or green , I hate them...
    5. are rarely served in school restaurants, because kids don't like them, and being so small, they're long to peel...
    6. Antoine Parmentier made people understand that could be eaten by humans and not only by animals!
    7. In winter, my grandmother used to make soups with potatoes and ! I hated the strong smell of them!
    8. What children like in is that you can eat them leaf by leaf with your hands till you reach the heart! It's quite fun!
    9. It had become well-known in my British family that I loved ... The first time I visited a distant uncle in Yorkshire, he had sown some for me and they were as big as apples ! Very thoughtful, but quite prickly...


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