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21 Vegetables That Start With T (#17 is too hot to handle!) 

As a lover of all things vegetables, I’m constantly on the lookout for unique and delicious options to add to my culinary repertoire.

I realized I have more than enough to put together a list so here you have it guys! Here’s a fantastic list of 25 vegetables that all have one thing in common: they start with the letter “T.”

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From tangy to tender, these veggies are sure to tantalize your taste buds and add a splash of variety to your meals. I also included some herbs as well as spices here to make this list even more informative. 

So, the next time you’re in the grocery or local market and happen to come across one of these, don’t be scared to get some and try them at home!

21 Vegetables that start with T

Tabasco pepper

Tabasco pepper is a kind of chili pepper that has its roots in Mexico. Its spicy flavor is a little less than that of cayenne pepper.

Tabasco pepper is used to make the popular tabasco sauce and has the scientific name Capsicum frutescens ‘Tabasco’.


A rich source of fiber as well as other nutrients, taro is a starchy root vegetable with a nutty and mildly sweet flavor. It has an ivory-colored or white flesh with purple streaks and is popular in cuisines all over the world.

The leaves as well as the stem of this healthy vegetable are also edible and it has the scientific name Colocasia esculenta.


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Also known as estragon, the tarragon is a herb. It’s valued all around Eurasia and North America for its culinary and medicinal value. it’s a member of the sunflower family and has a taste somewhat similar to that of licorice.

The scientific name of this perennial herb is Artemisia dracunculus.


Tarwi is a variety of lupin beans native to South America. It’s a great source of protein and is also valued for its oil.

The cooked beans have a slightly nutty taste with a firm texture and like other beans, can be used for a variety of dishes. It has the scientific name Lupinus mutabilis.


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Also known as tat choi or tat choy, this green vegetable is a close relative of other popular leafy vegetables like bok choy and Chinese cabbage which are all members of the cabbage family.

It has an earthy flavor with mustardy and peppery notes. The vegetable is popularly used in Asian cuisine and is also becoming popular in North America.

Tatsoi has the scientific name Brassica rapa subsp. mariposa and is usually used for salads as well as stir-fries.

Tepary bean

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The tepary bean is an ancient legume that is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico.

They’re a great source of protein and have a nutty flavor with the white varieties being slightly sweeter than the brown ones. Tepary bean has the scientific name Phaseolus acutifolius.

Thai basil

Thai basil is a culinary herb that’s used to add a spicy and distinct pungent taste to dishes.

It has bright green leaves with purple stems and the botanical name Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora.

This herb can be used in salads, stir-fries and even soups.

Thai eggplant

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Thai eggplant is actually an umbrella term for several species of eggplants used in Southeast Asian cuisine. They are small and thrive in tropical climates.

Thai eggplants are botanically classified as Solanum melongena and are commonly used for curries, soups and even stir-fries.

Three-cornered leek

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The three-cornered leek is a unique plant in which all the parts are edible.

The leaves and flowers can be used in stews and soups while the more mature bulbous onion-like roots in more mature plants can be used in savory dishes as a spice.

This bulbous flowering plant has the scientific name Allium triquetrum.


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Despite their name, tiger nuts are actually root vegetables that grow in Mediterranean and tropical regions. They are sweet with an earthy flavor and share a similar flavor profile to coconuts.

The root vegetable can be eaten raw or milked for a delicious beverage. Its scientific name is Lupinus mutabilis.


Also known as the Indian round gourd, tinda is a small green vegetable with a mild flavor. It’s often used for curries and even stir-fries.

The apple gourd, as it’s also called, has the scientific name Praecitrullus fistulosus.


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Also known as the Mexican husk tomato, the tomatillo is a small green fruit that’s surrounded by a papery husk. It has a sweet but tart flavor, similar to an unripe tomato with nutty notes, and is a staple in Mexican cuisine.

They are used for salsas, all kinds of sauces, stews and even soups. Tomatillos have the scientific name Physalis philadelphica.

Check out these alternatives for green tomatoes for even more green-hued vegetables.


Although tomatoes are botanically fruits, their value lies in the fact that it’s a culinary veggie. It has a much lower sugar content than other fruits and hence is used for all kinds of savory dishes like salads, sauces and stews.

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins and have the botanical name Solanum lycopersicum.

Tonka bean

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The bean of a tree native to South America, the tonka bean is actually a seed with a unique appearance.

It is dark and wrinkled with a smooth interior. It has medicinal value but can also be used for perfumes and even as a flavoring for desserts. Dipteryx odorata is this seed’s scientific name.

Tree onion

Also known as the Egyptian walking onion, the tree onion is a perennial plant that’s very similar to regular onions except that here, the bulbs grow in clusters.

They are botanically classified as Allium proliferum and are either eaten raw, fried or used as a seasoning for savory dishes.

Tree spinach

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This perennial plant is a large shrub with edible leaves that somewhat resembles cassava but is used as a replacement for spinach.

It is used in salads, stir-fries, and soups with the younger shoots having more similarity to spinach than the old ones. The tree spinach has the scientific name Cnidoscolus aconitifolius.

Trinidad scorpion butch T pepper

Trinidad scorpion butch T peppers on white surface | Girl Meets Food

Amongst the hottest peppers in the world, the Trinidad scorpion butch T pepper is one indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago. It has the scientific name Capsicum chinense ‘Trinidad Scorpion Butch T’.

This pepper has an irregular shape with lots of lumps and creases. The Trinidad scorpion butch T pepper is used for all kinds of dishes like sauces, dips and even in the filling for tacos.

Trumpet mushroom

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Although botanically a fungi, mushrooms are culinary veggies valued for their taste and texture. The trumpet mushroom is a kind of oyster mushroom with a flattened cap and cylindrical stem.

They have a savory taste and spongy texture when cooked. These large mushrooms have the scientific name Pleurotus eryngii.


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Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family valued for its rhizome. Its plant is herbaceous and perennial and is packed with loads of health benefits.

Turmeric is usually boiled, dried and ground into an orange powder and used as a spice to color as well as add flavor to dishes. Tumeric has the botanical name Curcuma longa.


Turnip is a root vegetable with a pale yellow color, earthy flavor and crisp texture, grown all over the world for its culinary value.

It has white and purple skin and is often used for a variety of dishes like soups, stir-fries and stews. The scientific name of this vegetable is Brassica rapa subsp. rapa.

Tuscan kale

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Tuscan kale is a tender and slightly sweet leafy green that’s popular in Italian cuisine.

It is dark green in color with a lot of wrinkles (instead of curls) and is also known as dinosaur kale. The scientific name of this popular vegetable is Brassica oleracea var. palmifolia.


This tantalizing list of 20+ vegetables that start with the letter “T” offers a delightful range of flavors, textures, and culinary possibilities.

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Whether you’re a seasoned chef or an adventurous home cook, incorporating these unique vegetables into your meals will surely elevate your dining experience.

But there’s more where all these came from. Have a look at these veggies that start with O, vegetables that start with P and even other vegetables that begin with the letter N to expand your horizons even more. 

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21 Vegetables That Start With T (#17 is too hot to handle!) 

Here’s a list of 21 vegetables that start with T, offering a tasty range of flavors, textures, and culinary possibilities.


  • Tabasco pepper
  • Tamarind leaves
  • Taro
  • Tarragon
  • Tarwi
  • Tatsoi
  • Tepary bean
  • Thai basil
  • Thai eggplant
  • Three-cornered leek
  • Tigernuts
  • Tinda
  • Tindora
  • Tomatillo
  • Tomato
  • Tonka bean
  • Tree onion
  • Tree spinach
  • Trinidad scorpion butch T pepper
  • Trumpet mushroom
  • Turmeric
  • Turnip
  • Tuscan kale
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