Plants we can eat: an alphabet

You can use this alphabet as a reference to make your own plants alphabet book. You may like to make one that is just vegetables or just fruits. Collect pictures or draw your own to decorate your pages.

 Thanks to Vy who sent in yellow watermelon

Thanks to Carmen Tran for sending us artichoke, coriander, durian, pea and blackberry. (December 2003)

Thuy Tran sent these in June 2004: Honeydew , iceberg lettuce Ita Palm, rockmelon, jujube, star fruit, voavanga. xigua

Thanks to Year 1G, 1P, 1M and 1W and Mrs Cartwright for sending a terrific list which we have printed in pink (March 2004)

Thanks to Lois Ryan who sent us a list of new names in June 2004. We've added them in blue.

Thanks to Rhonda Chapman - Grade 2 teacher at Liddiard Road Primary School in Traralgon, Victoria, who sent the plants in this colour.

Thanks to Brian Davis from Nashville, TN in the USA who sent us plants in this colour
Thanks to Joanne Lazarus and the 4th grade at Newmarket Elementary, NH. We've added Ita Palm. A palm tree found in Suriname that produces a fruit the pulp of which is eaten.

Thanks to Ash-leigh who sent information (May 2007) about quandongs, which she says are "yummy cherry-like fruit grown in outback Australia". They are in a group of food Australians call 'bush tucker', wild foods that Aboriginal Australians have eaten for thousands of years.

Make an alphabet of trees and flowers.

Do some research to find out about any of the words in the list that you don't know. What do they look like? How do we use them?


almond, apple,
apricot, asparagus avocado,
artichoke, alfalfa

B banana, basil, bean, beetroot, broccoli, blackberry, blueberry, brussels sprouts beansprouts, bamboo shoots, blackcurrant, boysenberry


cabbage, carrot, celery, chilli, corn
cinnamon, currant,
coriander, cherry, choko, cauliflower, carob, cumquats, cucumber, chick pea, curry plant, coconut, clementine, courgette, cocoa, coffee bean, capsicum,cashew, chard, custard apple, cantaloupe, 


date, dill, dandelion


eggplant, elder, endive


fennel, fig,
French bean


garlic, ginger, grape, grapefruit, guava, gooseberry


hazel nut, horseradish
honeydew (melon),
hickory nut

Indian corn (maize) (suggested by Denise Slick)

iceberg lettuce
Ita palm


jackfruit, jam melon,
juniper berry, jujube (a plum-like fruit)
jalapeno, Jerusalem artichoke


kale, kiwifruit, kohlrabi

leek, lemon, lentil, lime, lychee, lettuce

mace, mandarin, mango, mint, mushroom,
marrow, mustard seed
nectarine, nori, nut, nutmeg,
nashi pear
oats, olive, onion, orange, oregano, okra
parsley, passionfruit,
pea, peanut, pineapple, potato,
parsnip, pepper, pomegranate, pear,
papaya, persimmon
plum, pumpkin, pecan


radish, raspberry, rice, rosemary,
rhubarb, rocket, rambutan, rockmelon, rocket
radicchio, rutabaga (a type of turnip)
sage, seaweed, spinach, sultanas, swede, star fruit,
silverbeet sugar cane
taro, tarragon, tea, tomato, turnip,
ugli fruit

vanilla, violet, voavanga
walnut, watercress, wheat,
ximenia fruit, xigua
yellow watermelon

Acknowledge this source in your bibliography like this:
Plants we can eat (2005). [Online], Available:

Other plant pages on kidcyber
Plants and Us/ More about Plants/ Seeds and Bulbs/ potatoes/ tea / Seasons/
Australian Grasslands/ History of fruits and vegetables/ kidcyberQuests 1 & 2 / Activity pages 1 & 2

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