Most people know vegetables are healthy to eat, but did you know that June 17 is Eat Your Vegetables Day? Your parents were right when they told you to eat your vegetables. Vegetables are good, and vegetables are good for you. They are essential for living a long, healthy life.
The word vegetable was first recorded in English in the early 15th century. It was applied to any plant. In 1767, the meaning of the term "vegetable" was specified to mean "plant cultivated for food, edible herb or root." In 1955, the shortened slang word "veggie" was first used, and it is used quite frequently today.
It is interesting that the list of food items called "vegetable" is quite long, and includes many different parts of plants. For examples, we eat the flower buds of broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, and capers. We eat the leaves of kale, collard greens, spinach, chard, turnip greens, endive, lettuce, mustard greens, watercress, and chives. We eat the roots of carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, rutabagas, and turnips. We eat the fruits of a lot of plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchinis, pumpkins, peppers, eggplant, okra, and avocado. Additionally, we eat seeds such as corn, green beans and snow peas.
In recent years, there has been a steady rise in the number of American families that grow their own vegetables. The most popular crops for home gardening are tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and beans.
Celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day by eating as many vegetables as you want. Trade your junk food for fresh vegetables. Make a big vegetable salad for your family.