I have written about how many of the meals I eat in China are mainly vegetables. There was a question on Quora with a great answer that I thought addressed just how many vegetables the Chinese eat. The question on Quora was:

China produces more than 90% of the world’s watermelons. Are watermelons an important part of Chinese culture and cuisine?

Answer by Wei Nan:

Not really.

Although watermelons are really popular in summer times.

The outer layer of watermelons can also be made into a dish.

As Hongtao Zhang said, there are many other food like watermelon, that China produces more than the rest of the world combined.

If you must say something is an important part of Chinese culture, it is not watermelon, but rather, ‘food’ or ‘eating’.

Here are some other examples:

1 Goose Meat

China produces 95% of world’s Goose meat.

Cantonese(广) style(式) roasted(烧) goose(鹅)

2 sweet potato

China produces 80% of the world’s sweet potatoes.

Some of them can be made into desserts like candied sweet potatoes(拔丝地瓜)

However, most of them are made into Vermicelli(粉条)

3 Cucumber(over 70%)

Most of them are eaten raw, like some sort of salad.

pickled

or fried.

4 Eggplant (>60%)

Mainly stir fried

or made into pie

5 Spinach(~90%)

Yeah, I didn’t know China produces that much either. I guess some other country had done a great job in letting people know, as it always do.

Some sort of salad with peanuts.(果仁菠菜) A dish you have 50%+ chance to find in any restaurant in China.

Put into soup

Or into dumplings with egg.

6 Chestnut(~84%)

Fry with sugar, as a snack.

Stew with meat.

Or as stuffing of cakes.

7 Garlic(>80%)

Jin Xiang, a county of Shan Dong province,(金乡县) happened to produce 60% of the world’s garlic.

Pickled sweet garlic(糖蒜), a good companion of dumplings and hotpots.

Laba garlic.(腊八蒜)When you soak garlic in vinegar for some time, they turn green. Another great companion for dumplings.

Garlic leaves can also be a kind of vegetable, a must in twice-cooked pork(回锅肉)

China produces more than 90% of the world’s watermelons. Are watermelons an important part of Chinese culture and cuisine?