Sunday, May 28, 2006

Chinese Vegetable names

Many Oriental vegetables are widely grown in various regions in Asia. They are often named based on the plant appearance, color, shape, usage and others. They are called with local languages and dialects. More than several hundred dialects are used in China - not to mention many otherlanguages and dialects used in different Asian regions! These names are often translated into English names directly or indirectly based on pronounciation, spelling, meaning, and others. Sometimes, new names are also used by Westerners to call some Oriental vegetables. Therefore, it is very common to have various names for the same vegetable. Many people are often confused and have difficulties to indentify and find Asain vegetables. We have done some research and collected various names used in Asia for your reference.

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