Sunday, October 28, 2007

In the diet of Vegetables

Vegetables are eaten in a multiplicity of ways as part of main meals and as snacks. The nutrient content of dissimilar types varies considerably. With the exclusion of pulses, vegetables provide little protein and fat. Vegetables contain water soluble vitamins like vitamin B and vitamin C, fat-soluble vitamins together with vitamin A and vitamin D, and also contain carbohydrates and minerals and fiber. Among the nutrients vegetables may have contain antioxidants, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anticarcinogenic nutrients. Also, decaying or rotting vegetables (plant matter in general) may have compact nutrients, but are often full of probiotic bacteria.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Etymology of Vegetable

Vegetable is also used as a legendary term for any plant: vegetable matter, vegetable kingdom. It comes from Latin vegetabilis (animated) and from vegetare (enliven), which is derivative from vegetus (active), in reference to the process of a plant growing. This in turn derives from the Proto-Indo-European base , which is also the source of the English wake, meaning "not sleep". The declaration vegetable was earliest recorded in print in English in the 14th century. The meaning of "plant grown for food" was not recognized until the 18th century.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fruit, vegetable

Since “vegetable” is not a botanical term, there is no negation in referring to a plant part as a fruit while also being considered a vegetable (see diagram). Given this general rule of thumb, vegetables can also embrace leaves (lettuce), stems (asparagus), roots (carrots), flowers (broccoli), bulbs (garlic), seeds (peas and beans) and botanical fruits such as cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and capsicums (bell peppers). Botanically, fruits are reproductive organs (ripened ovaries containing one or many seeds), while vegetables are vegetative organs which keep up the plant.

The question "is it a fruit, or is it a vegetable?" has even found its way into the United States Supreme Court, which ruled generally in Nix v. Hedden, 1893, that a tomato is a vegetable for the purposes of 1883 Tariff Act, even though botanically, a tomato is a fruit.
Commercial production of vegetables is a division of horticulture called olericulture

Monday, October 08, 2007


Vegetable is a term which generally refers to an suitable for eating part of a plant. The meaning is traditional rather than scientific and is somewhat arbitrary and subjective. All parts of herbaceous plants eaten as food by humans, whole or in piece, are normally considered vegetables. Mushrooms, though belonging to the biological kingdom fungi, are also generally considered vegetables. In general, vegetables are thought of as being spicy, and not sweet, although there are many exceptions. Nuts, grains, herbs, spices and cookery fruits are usually not considered vegetables.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Postal Marking

A postal marking is any kind of marginal note applied to a letter by a postal service. The most frequent types are postmarks and cancellations; almost every letter will have those, less common types include forward addresses, routing annotations, warnings, postage due notices and explanations, such as for smashed or delayed mail. A key part of postal history is the credit of postal markings, their purpose, and period of use.

Service marks give in sequence to the sender, recipient, or another post office. Advice marks notify about forwarding, miss ending, letters received in bad condition, letters received too late for delivery by a certain time, or the reason for a delay in mail delivery. Dead letter offices would use a variety of markings to keep track of their progress in finding the addressee, such as a notation that the letter had been advertise in the local newspaper. The tracking process for register mail may entail many marks and notations.

Shortly after the eruption of the American Civil War, the Northern authorities affirmed the existing postage stamps invalid and issued new types. Letters using the demonetized stamps received a marking "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED", an accidentally humorous comment much prized by collectors today.