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VEGETABLE: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "vegetable"
The sign for vegetable also means "vegetables."

 

Here's the way I sign "vegetables."  I just stick the tip of the index finger of a "V" handshape on my cheek and twist my hand twice.  The "V" pivots on the tip of the index finger.  The middle finger isn't touching the face.

 

VEGETABLES:  (Version 1)


I like the twisting version because the twisting movement is similar to the sign for FRUIT.

 


 

Many of my friends sign vegetables this way.  The "V" flips around and faces backward.  First the index finger touches the cheek, then the middle finger.

 

VEGETABLE / VEGETABLES:  (Version 2)

Even though I list this as "Version 2" doesn't mean it is any less popular of a sign. Many people use this "flip" version.

 

 

VEGETABLES:  (Version 2:  Animated example)

 


 

Some people just spell the letters "V-E-G."

 

VEGETABLES:  (Fingerspelled Version)

 

Note: Above I'm showing the letters very clearly, but quite often when spelled at high speed the "e" in "VEG" ends up being done by just bending the index and middle fingers (at the second and third knuckles into a bent-V handshape) and then smoothly twisting into a "G" handshape.  Or you may see VEG done with just two fingertips (index and middle) resting on the thumbnail section of the thumb.

 


 

Note:  If you do the twist on cheek version of the sign "vegetable" a little lower (on the side of your chin) it can be used to mean "vinegar."  This usually isn't a problem during a conversation. I just include it here so you can impress your friends with your knowledge of a sign that isn't well known. 


See:  "VINEGAR."


 

VEGETABLE: "listing method"
An older method of signing "vegetable" consisted of listing off several vegetables. Obviously that is a rather inefficient use of time and movement. However, I still get questions from online students about their local instructor having told them that the "true ASL" or "pure" method of signing "vegetable" is to list off a few vegetables.  Hmmm...I'd say that is the "old" method -- not the "pure" method.  On the other hand (heh) language sometimes evovles in a circular fashion and it is quite possible that this "older" method will make a comeback due to the ongoing backlash against the use of "initialization" in ASL. 

See:  Academic Diglossia

 


 

There are a few variations for VEGETARIAN:

 

VEG-fs [V-E-G / vegetarian / vegetable]:

 

VEGETABLE-[can also be used for VEGETARIAN:

 

Vegetarian-[VEGETABLE PERSON]:

 

Sample sentence: What is your favorite kind of vegetable?

 


 

Vegetables:

 

A:

 

ARTICHOKE:

Can fingerspell or can use joke sign(s).

 

Artichoke [ASL pun / idiomatic: A-R-T-I CHOKE! / fs-ARTI + CHOKING! (joke sign)] [version-1]:

 

Artichoke [ASL pun / idiomatic: A-R-T-I CHOKE! / fs-ARTI + CHOKING! (joke sign)] [version-2]:

 

ASPARAGUS:

Can fingerspell or use depictive version.

 

ASPARAGUS-[depictive version]:

 

AUBERGENE (eggplant):

Can fingerspell

 

Video coming soon.

 

AVOCADO:

Can fingerspell or use twist off or scoop out versions.

 

AVOCADO-[twist-off-version]:

 

AVOCADO-[scoop-out-version]-["A" hand]:

 

AVOCADO-[scoop-out-version]:

 

B:

 

BEET:

Can fingerspell or use depictive version.

 

BEET-[depictive]:

 

BOK CHOY:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

BROCCOLI:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

BROCCOLI-[version]:

 

BROCCOLI-[2-movement-version]:

 

BROCCOLINI:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

BROCCOLI RAAB:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

BRUSSEL SPROUTS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

C:

 

CABBAGE:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

CABBAGE:

 

CHINESE CABBAGE:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

GREEN CABBAGE:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

PURPLE CABBAGE:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SAVOY CABBAGE:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

CARROTS:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

CARROTS:

 

CAULIFLOWER:

Can fingerspell.

 

CAULIFLOWER-[fs]:

 

CELERIAC:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

CELERY:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

CHARD (RED AND SWISS):

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

CHICORY:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

CORN:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

CORN:

 

CORN-[fs]:

 

CRESS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

CUCUMBER:

Can fingerspell

 

Video coming soon.

 

D:

 

DAIKON:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

G:

 

GARLIC:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

GARLIC:

 

GREEN BEANS:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

GREEN BEANS:

 

GREENS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

COLLARD GREENS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

MUSTARD GREENS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

GOURDS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

J:

 

JICAMA:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


K:

 

KALE:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

KOHLRABI:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


L:

 

LEEKS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

ARUGULA LETTUCE:

Can fingerspell (arugula) and use sign for LETTUCE.

 

Video coming soon.

 

BUTTER LETTUCE:

Can fingerspell (butter) and use sign for LETTUCE.

 

Video coming soon.

 

ENDIVE LETTUCE:

Can fingerspell (endive) and use sign for LETTUCE:

 

Video coming soon.

 

GREEN AND RED LEAF LETTUCE:

Can fingerspell or sign GREEN and RED fingerspell leaf and use the sign for LETTUCE.

 

Video coming soon.

 

LETTUCE:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

LETTUCE:

 

ROMAINE LETTUCE:

Can fingerspell (romaine) and use sign for LETTUCE.

 

Video coming soon.

 

LIMA BEANS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


M:

 

MUSHROOMS:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

MUSHROOMS:


O:

 

OKRA:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

ONIONS:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

ONIONS:

 

GREEN ONIONS:

Can fingerspell or can use sign for GREEN + sign for ONION.

 

Video coming soon.


P:

 

PARSNIPS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

PEAS:

Can fingerspell or use one of the signed versions.

 

PEAS-[version-1]:

 

PEAS-[version-2]:

 

PEAS-[sewing-version]:

 

SNAP SUGAR PEAS:

Can fingerspell (snap sugar) then use one of the signs for PEAS.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SNOW PEAS:

Can fingerspell (snow) then use one of the signs for PEAS.

 

Video coming soon.

 

ANAHEIM PEPPERS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SWEET PEPPERS:

Can fingerspell or if you are referring to green or red peppers, use the signs.

 

GREEN PEPPERS:

 

ORANGE PEPPERS:

 

RED PEPPERS:

 

YELLOW PEPPERS:

 

POTATOES:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

POTATOES:

 

PUMPKIN:

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

PUMPKIN:


R:

 

RADICCHIO:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

RADISH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

ROMANESCO (CAULIFLOWER):

Can fingerspell or use sign.

 

CAULIFLOWER:

 

RUTABAGA:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


S:

 

SHALLOTS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SPINACH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SQUASH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

ACORN SQUASH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

BUTTERNUT SQUASH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

PATTI PAN SQUASH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SPAGHETTI SQUASH:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SWEDE:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

SWEET POTATO:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


T:

 

TOMATILLO:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 

TOMATOES:

Can fingerspell or use one of the sign versions.

 

TOMATO:

 

TOMATO-[index-and-O-hand-version]:

 

TURNIPS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


W:

 

WATER CHESTNUTS:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


Y:

 

YAM:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.


Z:

 

ZUCCHINI:

Can fingerspell.

 

Video coming soon.

 



Notes: 
See: FOOD

FRUIT

GROW

HEALTHY

COOK

PLANT



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