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Let's Talk About Stems You Can Eat!

Did you know that you can eat all kinds of plant parts like stems and roots? Over the next few weeks, we will learn about different common fruits and vegetables that are different parts of the plant. Today we are going talk all about types of stems that we eat!


What Exactly is a Stem?

Stems are the part of the plant that rises up from the roots in the ground to support the flowers, leaves and seeds above ground. Stems also provide the structure needed for nourishment (food and water) to be transported throughout the plant. 

An example of a stem we eat is asparagus. But we eat a lot of others too. 

Check out this video about how asparagus grows - did you know it’s 5,000 years old? 

Can you think of any foods that you eat that are stems?

Hover to see if you came up with some of the same examples we did!

Here's some common edible stems:
  • Asparagus
  • Celery
  • Broccoli Stems
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Rhubarb
  • Bok Choy
  • Green Onions

Fun Facts About Stems We Eat

  1. Asparagus takes 5 years to grow before its time to eat it
  2. Celery can grow to over 3 feet tall
  3. Bok choy is sometimes called a soup spoon because of the shape of its leaves.

Get Tasting!

Ready to eat lots of different plant parts? Use our Tasting Sheet and Food Journal Template to describe the different plants you've eaten. You can also challenge yourself to draw a picture of at least 3 different plant parts you've tried before!