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In the world today, people are cautious about the type of food they eat, considering the increase in lifestyle diseases. One of the things that people are now eating in large numbers is vegetables to be healthier. What do you know about cooking vegetables? Test your knowledge by taking the test below. It is part one in a series of cooking tests.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A bok choy is a type of _______.

    • A.

      Cabbage

    • B.

      Gourd

    • C.

      Green

    Correct Answer
    A. Cabbage
    Explanation
    Bok choy is a white-stemmed variety of southern Chinese cabbage.

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  • 2. 

    Brassica is another name for cabbage.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Brassica is indeed another name for cabbage. This is a correct statement as Brassica is a genus of plants that includes various cruciferous vegetables, one of which is cabbage. Therefore, the statement "Brassica is another name for cabbage" is true.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is NOT a member of the cabbage family?

    • A.

      Broccoli

    • B.

      Cauliflower

    • C.

      Brussels sprouts

    • D.

      Kohlrabi

    • E.

      Spinach

    Correct Answer
    E. Spinach
    Explanation
    Spinach is considered a green.

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  • 4. 

    Broccoli and cauliflower are not considered members of the cabbage family.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Broccoli and cauliflower are actually considered members of the cabbage family. They are both part of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes other vegetables like kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. These vegetables share similar characteristics and are often grouped together due to their common ancestry and similar nutritional profiles. Therefore, the statement that broccoli and cauliflower are not considered members of the cabbage family is false.

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  • 5. 

    Which plant produces rows of small heads on a thick stalk?

    • A.

      Broccoli

    • B.

      Brussels sprouts

    • C.

      Kohlrabi

    Correct Answer
    B. Brussels sprouts
    Explanation
    Brussels sprouts produce rows of small heads on a thick stalk. This vegetable belongs to the Brassica oleracea species, similar to broccoli and kohlrabi. However, unlike broccoli, which forms a single large head, and kohlrabi, which has a bulbous stem, Brussels sprouts have multiple small heads that develop along a central stalk. This characteristic makes Brussels sprouts easily identifiable and distinguishes them from the other options.

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  • 6. 

    Broccoli is available all year.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Broccoli is available all year because it is a versatile and resilient vegetable that can be grown in different climates and regions. It is a cool-season crop that can tolerate both heat and cold, allowing it to be cultivated throughout the year. Additionally, advancements in agricultural practices and transportation have made it possible to have a steady supply of broccoli in the market regardless of the season. Therefore, it is true that broccoli is available all year.

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  • 7. 

    This cabbage is actually a bulbous stem vegetable created by crossbreeding cabbages and turnips.

    • A.

      Cauliflower

    • B.

      Kohlrabi

    • C.

      Bok choy

    Correct Answer
    B. Kohlrabi
    Explanation
    Kohlrabi is the correct answer because it is a bulbous stem vegetable that is created by crossbreeding cabbages and turnips. Unlike cauliflower and bok choy, which are different types of vegetables, kohlrabi specifically fits the description given in the question.

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  • 8. 

    The term savoyed is used to refer to any vegetable with bumpy, wavy, or wrinkled leaves.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement explains that the term "savoyed" is used to describe vegetables with bumpy, wavy, or wrinkled leaves. This implies that any vegetable with these characteristics can be referred to as "savoyed." Therefore, the answer "True" is correct as it aligns with the given information.

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  • 9. 

    What will happen if you DON'T salt and drain eggplant slices before sauteing?

    • A.

      They will soak up all the oil like a sponge and become soggy

    • B.

      They will taste terrible

    • C.

      They will shrivel up

    Correct Answer
    A. They will soak up all the oil like a sponge and become soggy
    Explanation
    If you don't salt and drain eggplant slices before sautéing, they will soak up all the oil like a sponge and become soggy. Salting the eggplant slices helps to draw out excess moisture, which prevents them from absorbing too much oil during cooking. Without this step, the eggplant slices will retain more moisture and become saturated with oil, resulting in a soggy texture.

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  • 10. 

    Capsicum is another word for the _______ family.

    • A.

      Cabbage

    • B.

      Pepper

    • C.

      Tuber

    Correct Answer
    B. Pepper
    Explanation
    Capsicum is another word for the Pepper family. This is because Capsicum is the scientific name for the genus of plants that includes various types of peppers, such as bell peppers, chili peppers, and jalapenos. Therefore, the correct answer is Pepper.

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  • 11. 

    Chile peppers get their heat from capsaicin, which is found in the ______.

    • A.

      Flesh

    • B.

      Placental ribs

    • C.

      Seeds

    Correct Answer
    B. Placental ribs
    Explanation
    Chile peppers get their heat from capsaicin, which is found in the placental ribs. The placental ribs are the white, spongy tissue that connects the seeds to the inner wall of the pepper. Capsaicin is concentrated in this part of the pepper, which is why it is the hottest and spiciest part. The flesh and seeds of the pepper also contain capsaicin, but in lesser amounts compared to the placental ribs.

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  • 12. 

    Generally, the smaller the chile, the hotter it is.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because smaller chiles tend to have a higher concentration of capsaicin, the compound responsible for the heat in peppers. Capsaicin is found in the white pith and seeds of the pepper, so smaller chiles with a higher ratio of pith and seeds to flesh will have a more intense heat. This is why smaller chiles like habaneros and Thai bird's eye chiles are known for being extremely hot, while larger chiles like bell peppers are mild.

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  • 13. 

    What are Scoville Heat Units?

    • A.

      Heat levels needed to thoroughly cook certain types of vegetables

    • B.

      A subjective measurement of the amount of capsaicin in chile peppers

    • C.

      A standard for measuring how hot a commercial oven can get

    Correct Answer
    B. A subjective measurement of the amount of capsaicin in chile peppers
    Explanation
    Scoville Heat Units (SHU) is a subjective measurement of the amount of capsaicin in chile peppers. Capsaicin is the compound responsible for the spicy sensation in peppers. The Scoville scale is used to determine the level of heat or spiciness in peppers, with higher SHU indicating a higher concentration of capsaicin. This measurement helps individuals gauge the intensity of a pepper's heat and make informed decisions about its use in cooking or consumption.

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  • 14. 

    Dried chile peppers are more _____ than fresh chiles.

    • A.

      Strong and pungent

    • B.

      Weakly flavored

    • C.

      Inedible

    Correct Answer
    A. Strong and pungent
    Explanation
    Dried chile peppers are more strong and pungent than fresh chiles because the drying process intensifies their flavor and aroma. The moisture is removed from the peppers, concentrating their natural oils and compounds responsible for their spicy and robust taste. This makes dried chile peppers a popular ingredient in many cuisines as they add a powerful and distinctive flavor to dishes.

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  • 15. 

    This small fruit vegetable is bright green and covered with a papery husk. The flesh is crisp and moist, with a tart lemony flavor.

    • A.

      Jalapeno

    • B.

      Tomatillo

    • C.

      Poblano

    Correct Answer
    B. Tomatillo
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tomatillo. A tomatillo is a small fruit vegetable that is bright green and covered with a papery husk. The flesh of a tomatillo is crisp and moist, with a tart lemony flavor.

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  • 16. 

    The chayote is a type of _______.

    • A.

      Gourd

    • B.

      Green

    • C.

      Cabbage

    Correct Answer
    A. Gourd
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Gourd" because the chayote is a type of vegetable that belongs to the gourd family. Gourds are typically characterized by their hard outer shells and soft inner flesh, and chayotes fit this description. They are commonly used in cooking and are known for their mild flavor and versatility in various dishes.

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  • 17. 

    Cucumbers used for pickling and eating raw are interchangeable.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Cucumbers grown for pickling (such as dill, cornichonm and gherkin) have spines and are quite bitter when raw.

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  • 18. 

    Most slicing cucumbers have relatively thin skins, but may be sold with a wax coating to improve appearance and prevent moisture loss.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Most slicing cucumbers have relatively thin skins, which means they are more prone to moisture loss and may not look as visually appealing. To address this issue, some slicing cucumbers are sold with a wax coating. This coating serves two purposes - it enhances the appearance of the cucumber by giving it a shiny and polished look, and it also acts as a barrier to prevent moisture loss, keeping the cucumber fresh for longer. Therefore, the statement that most slicing cucumbers have a wax coating to improve appearance and prevent moisture loss is true.

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  • 19. 

    A cucumber is a type of gourd.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A cucumber is indeed a type of gourd. Gourds are a family of plants that includes various species, one of which is the cucumber. Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes other gourds like pumpkins, melons, and squash. Therefore, it is correct to say that a cucumber is a type of gourd.

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  • 20. 

    Squash blossoms are edible.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Squash blossoms are indeed edible. In fact, they are a delicacy in many cuisines around the world. The blossoms can be harvested and used in various dishes, such as salads, soups, and stuffed with cheese or other fillings. They have a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a delicate texture. Squash blossoms are often prized for their vibrant color and unique shape, making them not only a tasty addition to meals but also a visually appealing ingredient.

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  • 21. 

    Which is NOT a winter squash?

    • A.

      Pumpkin

    • B.

      Acorn

    • C.

      Zucchini

    • D.

      Butternut

    Correct Answer
    C. Zucchini
    Explanation
    Zucchini is not a winter squash because it belongs to the summer squash family. Winter squashes are typically harvested in the late summer or early fall, and have a hard outer skin that allows them to be stored for long periods of time, making them available throughout the winter. Zucchini, on the other hand, has a soft outer skin and is harvested in the summer when it is still immature. Therefore, it does not fit the criteria of a winter squash.

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  • 22. 

    These greens are a staple ingredient of cooking in the American South, and are typically slow-cooked in with ham hocks or bacon until very tender.

    • A.

      Sorrel

    • B.

      Collard

    • C.

      Spinach

    Correct Answer
    B. Collard
    Explanation
    Collard greens are a staple ingredient in American Southern cooking and are traditionally slow-cooked with ham hocks or bacon until they become tender. This cooking method helps to infuse the collard greens with flavor and creates a rich, savory dish. Collard greens have a slightly bitter taste and a hearty texture, making them a popular choice for soul food dishes. They are often enjoyed as a side dish or used in recipes such as collard greens with cornbread or collard green wraps.

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  • 23. 

    Spinach grows in sandy soil.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that is known to grow well in sandy soil. Sandy soil has good drainage and allows the roots of the spinach plant to grow easily. It also provides the necessary nutrients and water retention for the plant's growth. Therefore, it is true that spinach grows in sandy soil.

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  • 24. 

    Swiss chard is a type of beet that does not produce a tuberous root.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Swiss chard, a type of beet, is known for its edible leaves and colorful stems. Unlike other beet varieties, Swiss chard does not produce a tuberous root. This means that the plant focuses its energy on growing large, vibrant leaves rather than storing nutrients in an underground root system. Therefore, the statement "Swiss chard is a type of beet that does not produce a tuberous root" is true.

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  • 25. 

    What is the largest cultivated mushroom?

    • A.

      Portabella

    • B.

      Shiitake

    • C.

      Enokidake

    Correct Answer
    A. Portabella
    Explanation
    Portabella is the correct answer because it is the largest cultivated mushroom. It is known for its large size and meaty texture, making it a popular choice for grilling or stuffing. Shiitake and Enokidake are also types of cultivated mushrooms, but they are not as large as Portabella.

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  • 26. 

    The portabella mushroom is actually an overgrown crimini.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that portabella mushrooms are indeed an overgrown version of crimini mushrooms. Crimini mushrooms are small, brown mushrooms that are harvested when they are young. If left to mature, they grow into larger mushrooms known as portabella mushrooms. Therefore, it is true that portabella mushrooms are an overgrown version of crimini mushrooms.

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  • 27. 

    Mushrooms contain very little water.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Mushrooms are very high in moisture. They are about 80 percent water.

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  • 28. 

    What is a truffle?

    • A.

      A mushroom that grows on tree trunks

    • B.

      A tuber that grows near the roots of oak or beech trees

    • C.

      A gourd

    Correct Answer
    B. A tuber that grows near the roots of oak or beech trees
    Explanation
    A truffle is a tuber that grows near the roots of oak or beech trees. Truffles are highly prized and known for their strong aroma and unique flavor, which is why they are often used in gourmet cooking. They are considered a delicacy and are typically harvested using trained dogs or pigs, as they grow underground and are difficult to locate. Truffles have a symbiotic relationship with the trees they grow near, as they rely on the tree roots for nutrients.

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  • 29. 

    Onions are members of the lily family.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Onions belong to the lily family, which is a botanical classification. This means that onions share certain characteristics and genetic traits with other plants in the lily family, such as lilies, tulips, and garlic. The lily family is known for its diverse range of plants, and onions are one of the many members of this family. Therefore, the statement that onions are members of the lily family is true.

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  • 30. 

    Sweet onion varieties include...

    • A.

      Vidalia

    • B.

      Maui

    • C.

      Walla-walla

    • D.

      Leeks

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Vidalia
    B. Maui
    C. Walla-walla
    Explanation
    The correct answer includes three sweet onion varieties: Vidalia, Maui, and Walla-walla. These onions are known for their mild and sweet flavor, making them popular choices for cooking and eating raw. Leeks, on the other hand, are not typically classified as sweet onions.

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  • 31. 

    Garlic is used in almost all parts of the world.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Garlic is a widely used ingredient in culinary practices across various cultures around the world. It is known for its distinct flavor and aroma, which adds depth and richness to dishes. From Asian cuisines to Mediterranean and Latin American dishes, garlic is a staple ingredient. Its versatility and popularity make it a common ingredient in almost all parts of the world, supporting the statement that the answer is true.

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  • 32. 

    Onions should not be refrigerated until they are cut.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Onions should not be refrigerated until they are cut because refrigeration can cause them to become soft and moldy. The cold temperature and moisture in the refrigerator can accelerate the decay process of onions, leading to a shorter shelf life. It is best to store onions in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place, such as a pantry or cellar, until they are cut. Once an onion is cut, it should be stored in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness and prevent bacterial growth.

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  • 33. 

    What is a leek?

    • A.

      A large, sweet bulb onion

    • B.

      A type of onion that looks like a large, overgrown scallion

    • C.

      A type of garlic

    Correct Answer
    B. A type of onion that looks like a large, overgrown scallion
    Explanation
    A leek is a type of onion that looks like a large, overgrown scallion. Leeks have a mild, sweet flavor and are often used in soups, stews, and other dishes for their unique taste. They have a long, cylindrical shape with a white bulb at the bottom and dark green leaves at the top. Leeks are commonly used in European cuisine and are a popular ingredient in dishes such as potato leek soup.

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  • 34. 

    What is one of the problems of leeks?

    • A.

      Their flavor can be overwhelming

    • B.

      They lose their flavor when cooked

    • C.

      They are very dirty and must be washed thoroughly after cutting

    Correct Answer
    C. They are very dirty and must be washed thoroughly after cutting
    Explanation
    Leeks have a problem of being very dirty and require thorough washing after cutting. This is because leeks grow in sandy soil, and dirt can easily get trapped between the layers of their leaves. Failing to wash leeks properly can result in a gritty texture and unpleasant taste in dishes. Therefore, it is important to clean leeks carefully to ensure that they are free from any dirt or sand particles before using them in cooking.

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  • 35. 

    These are the immature green stalks of bulb onions.

    • A.

      Leeks

    • B.

      Scallions

    • C.

      Shallots

    Correct Answer
    B. Scallions
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Scallions." Scallions are immature green stalks of bulb onions. They are harvested before the bulb forms and have a milder flavor compared to mature onions. Leeks and shallots are different types of onions but are not specifically referred to as immature green stalks.

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  • 36. 

    ______ are shaped like small bulb onions with one flat side.

    • A.

      Shallots

    • B.

      Leeks

    • C.

      Scallions

    Correct Answer
    A. Shallots
    Explanation
    Shallots are shaped like small bulb onions with one flat side. They are commonly used in cooking and have a mild, sweet flavor. Shallots are often used as a substitute for onions in recipes where a more delicate flavor is desired. They can be used in a variety of dishes such as soups, stews, sauces, and salads.

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  • 37. 

    Corn is actually a grain, a type of grass.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Corn is classified as a grain because it belongs to the grass family. It is a type of cereal crop that is cultivated for its edible seeds, which are commonly known as kernels. These kernels are used in various food products and have a similar composition and nutritional profile to other grains like wheat, rice, and oats. Therefore, the statement that corn is a grain is true.

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  • 38. 

    What is the peak season for fresh corn?

    • A.

      Summer

    • B.

      Fall

    • C.

      Winter

    Correct Answer
    A. Summer
    Explanation
    Fresh corn is typically harvested during the summer months, making it the peak season for this vegetable. During this time, the weather conditions are ideal for corn growth, with warm temperatures and ample sunlight. The summer season provides the necessary conditions for corn to develop and ripen, resulting in the best quality and flavor. Therefore, summer is the correct answer for the peak season of fresh corn.

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  • 39. 

    Beans and peas are _____.

    • A.

      Legumes

    • B.

      Greens

    • C.

      Small gourds

    Correct Answer
    A. Legumes
    Explanation
    Beans and peas are classified as legumes. Legumes are a type of plant that belong to the family Fabaceae, which includes plants that produce pods containing seeds. Beans and peas are known for their high protein content and are commonly used as a source of protein in vegetarian and vegan diets. Legumes also have the ability to fix nitrogen in the soil, making them beneficial for crop rotation and soil fertility.

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  • 40. 

    What should you do to dry beans?

    • A.

      Pick the beans before they are ripe and leave them to dry in a cool, dark place

    • B.

      Leave the beans on the vine until they are fully matured and just beginning to dry

    Correct Answer
    B. Leave the beans on the vine until they are fully matured and just beginning to dry
    Explanation
    To dry beans, it is best to leave them on the vine until they are fully matured and just beginning to dry. This allows the beans to reach their maximum ripeness before they are harvested. Leaving them on the vine also ensures that they are exposed to the right amount of sunlight and air circulation, which aids in the drying process. Harvesting the beans before they are fully ripe may result in underdeveloped beans that do not dry properly.

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  • 41. 

    When soaking dried beans overnight, what is the proper ration of water to beans?

    • A.

      Three parts water, one part beans

    • B.

      Two parts water, one part beans

    • C.

      Four parts water, one part beans

    Correct Answer
    A. Three parts water, one part beans
    Explanation
    When soaking dried beans overnight, the proper ratio of water to beans is three parts water to one part beans. This means that for every one part of beans, three parts of water should be used. This ratio ensures that the beans have enough water to fully rehydrate and soften during the soaking process.

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  • 42. 

    Fresh green soy beans are also known as ________.

    • A.

      Edamame

    • B.

      Pois

    • C.

      Asian okra

    Correct Answer
    A. Edamame
    Explanation
    Fresh green soy beans are commonly known as edamame. Edamame is a popular Japanese dish made from young soybeans that are harvested before they fully mature. These beans are often boiled or steamed and served as a snack or appetizer. They are rich in protein, fiber, and various nutrients, making them a healthy and nutritious food choice. Edamame is also widely enjoyed in other Asian cuisines and has gained popularity in Western countries as well.

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  • 43. 

    Soy beans should not be picked before they reach maturity.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When allowed to mature and then prepared like other dried beans, soy beans become extremely tough, bitter, and hard to digest. They should be picked before maturity.

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  • 44. 

    Okra is native to ______.

    • A.

      America

    • B.

      Africa

    • C.

      Spain

    Correct Answer
    B. Africa
    Explanation
    Okra is native to Africa. This means that it originated in Africa and is naturally found there. It has been cultivated and consumed in African countries for centuries. Okra is a popular ingredient in African cuisine and is used in various dishes such as soups, stews, and sauces. It was later introduced to other parts of the world, including America and Spain, through trade and colonization. However, its origins can be traced back to Africa.

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  • 45. 

    Okra shouldn't be eaten raw.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Okra is best pickled, boiled, steamed, or deep-fried.

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  • 46. 

    Why is okra an important ingredient in gumbo?

    • A.

      Okra develops a gelatinous texture when cooked for long periods, which helps thicken stews and gumbo

    • B.

      Okra adds lots of flavor

    • C.

      Okra is cheap and plentiful

    Correct Answer
    A. Okra develops a gelatinous texture when cooked for long periods, which helps thicken stews and gumbo
    Explanation
    Okra is an important ingredient in gumbo because it develops a gelatinous texture when cooked for long periods. This texture helps to thicken stews and gumbo, giving them a rich and hearty consistency. Additionally, okra adds flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste. Furthermore, okra is a cheap and plentiful ingredient, making it easily accessible for cooking gumbo in large quantities.

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  • 47. 

    Celery root is a different plant from stalk celery.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Celery root is indeed a different plant from stalk celery. While stalk celery is grown for its long, crisp stalks that are commonly used in cooking and salads, celery root, also known as celeriac, is grown for its large, bulbous root. The root has a distinct flavor that is often described as a combination of celery and parsley. It is commonly used in soups, stews, and as a flavoring agent in various dishes. Therefore, the statement "Celery root is a different plant from stalk celery" is true.

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  • 48. 

    The Jerusalem artichoke, or sunchoke, is a tuber that is unrelated to artichokes.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the Jerusalem artichoke, also known as sunchoke, is indeed a tuber. Despite its name, it is not related to artichokes. It is actually a species of sunflower and belongs to the Asteraceae family. The Jerusalem artichoke is commonly used as a vegetable and has a taste similar to artichokes, hence the name. However, it is botanically different from artichokes, which are the edible flower buds of a thistle-like plant.

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  • 49. 

    This vegetable is actually a legume that grows underground as a tuber.

    • A.

      Jicama

    • B.

      Bok choy

    • C.

      Parsnip

    Correct Answer
    A. Jicama
    Explanation
    Jicama is the correct answer because it is a vegetable that is actually a legume and grows underground as a tuber. Jicama is a root vegetable that is native to Mexico and has a crunchy texture and slightly sweet taste. It is commonly used in salads, salsas, and stir-fries. Bok choy and parsnip are not legumes and do not grow underground as tubers, so they are not the correct answer.

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  • 50. 

    What is a parsnip?

    • A.

      A taproot that looks and tastes like a white carrot

    • B.

      A special breed of turnip

    • C.

      A sunchoke

    Correct Answer
    A. A taproot that looks and tastes like a white carrot
    Explanation
    A parsnip is a taproot vegetable that closely resembles a white carrot in both appearance and taste. It has a similar shape and texture to a carrot but has a slightly sweeter and nuttier flavor.

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