40+ Vegetables that Start with S

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40+ Vegetables that Start with S

Are you in need of a list of vegetables that start with S? We’ve got your back. To save you some time, we’ve located all the vegetables that start with the letter “S” that we could find.

Keep reading to learn more.

1. Salsify


Salsify is actually a flower, but its roots are edible. These edible roots are suitable for use in salads if they’re young, but old roots are better if you cook them in a soup.

2. Samphire


The word “samphire” encompasses a pretty wide variety of plants. Many of those types, such as golden samphire and rock samphire, are edible, though.

3. San Marzano Tomato

San Marzano Tomato

San Marzano tomatoes are a type of plum tomato, which is a smaller tomato variety. This particular kind of tomato has a powerfully sweet taste that it makes it excellent for canning.

4. Santorini Tomato

Santorini Tomato

The Santorini tomato has roots in the city of the same name in Greece. They have an extremely acidic flavor.

5. Savoy Cabbage

Savoy Cabbage

The Savoy cabbage gets its name for an area in France with the same name. Despite its namesake, though, it’s thought that this cabbage truly comes from England or the Netherlands.

Because it doesn’t get too soft once cooked, Savoy cabbage works well in soups.

6. Scallions


Closely related to shallots and leeks, scallions have the same piquant flavor as their relatives but on a milder scale. Slice them up and use them to top tofu, stir fry, and soup.

7. Scorzonera


The broader family name for salsify is scorzonera. This family also includes dandelions and daisies.

8. Sculpit


In English, you might call the sculpit bladder campion. The name sculpit comes from Italy, where this leafy plant is used frequently in risotto.

9. Sea Beet

Sea Beet

The sea beet is an ancestor to many popular veggies today, like beetroot and Swiss chard. Like its descendants, it’s edible. You can eat its leaves raw or cooked.

10. Sea Kale

Sea Kale

You might think based on the name that sea kale grows in the sea, but that’s incorrect. This leafy green grows in coastal regions in Europe.

You can eat the stems like a vegetable. Otherwise, you can grow it for decorative purposes.

11. Sea Vegetables

Sea Vegetables

Sea vegetable is a larger category of veggies. They all, as you can probably tell, grow in the sea. This group of veggies is comprised entirely of edible seaweeds.

12. Seaweed


The word seaweed refers to a broad spectrum of aquamarine plants and algae. Many of them are edible and are used frequently in Asian food. Sushi, for example, is often wrapped in seaweed.

13. Serrano Pepper

Serrano Pepper

A serrano pepper is a kind of chili pepper. When they’re unripe, they’re green and look strikingly similar to jalapenos. However, as they get older, their color turns into brown, green, orange, red, or yellow.

14. Shallot


Shallots are a small type of onion. What you may not know about them is that they grow in clustered cloves like garlic.

Just like onions as a whole, shallots are fairly flexible. Pickle them, fry them, or serve them on kebabs.

15. Shepherd’s Purse

Shepherd’s Purse

What sets the Shepherd’s purse plant apart from others on this list is that it’s a type of carnivorous plant. Its seeds draw in nematodes, which it then kills to boost the nutrients in its soil.

Asian countries and some Native Americans eat or use this plant in their drinks.

16. Shetland Black Potato

Shetland Black Potato

With its extremely dark purple skin, it’s easy to see how the Shetland black potato got its name. Because this potato grows shallow roots, it’s perfect for growing in a container.

17. Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake Mushroom

The Shiitake mushroom naturally grows in some countries in the eastern parts of Asia. Since they’re kind of spread out across Asian countries, you can find them in a few different types of food.

Someone in Japan might use Shiitake mushrooms in miso soup. On the other hand, someone in China might use the mushroom in a dish called Buddha’s delight.  

18. Sierra Leone Bologi

Sierra Leone Bologi

Sierra Leone Bologi must often be grown on a trellis, as it is a vine. You can steam its leaves and eat them like you would eat spinach.

19. Sissoo Spinach

Sissoo Spinach

You can find sissoo spinach growing on the ground around the world. Another name for it is Brazilian spinach, as some Brazilians eat the leaves raw in salads. It is often recommended, however, that you cook it prior to eating it.

20. Skirret


Skirret’s roots are used as a vegetable, much like salsify. It’s a remarkably hardy plant that can withstand pests, disease, and cold weather.

21. Snake Bean

Snake Bean

Also known as the asparagus bean, the snake bean grows in elongated green pods that are reminiscent of string beans. You can also eat just like a green bean – either raw or cooked.

22. Snake Gourd

Snake Gourd

It’s pretty easy to see why the snake gourd is called snake gourd when you look at it. Its long, serpentine shape makes this vegetable resemble a snake.

The snake gourd grows in numerous Asian countries, but you can also find it in Florida and parts of Australia.

23. Snap Pea

Snap Pea

When most people think of pea pods, they probably imagine snap peas. These small green pods are often interspersed in salads, although you can eat them whole by themselves.

24. Snow Pea

Snow Pea

If you’ve ever eaten stir fry made in the United States, you’ve probably seen snow peas in it. The whole pod is edible, so they’re often mixed entirely into stir fries.

25. Soko


While India and China both regard soko as nothing more than a weed, it’s consumed by people in Africa and some countries in southeast Asia. In Africa, it’s often eaten in a mixture of boiled greens.

26. Sorrel


Sorrel is a wonderfully versatile herb. You can sprinkle it into a salad or blend it up for use in a soup or sauce. Despite its leafy green looks, though, it has a sweet taste that’s often described as being similar to wild strawberries.

27. Sour Cabbage

Sour Cabbage

Sour cabbage isn’t a veggie you’ll find growing in a garden. Rather, it’s a type of fermented vegetable preserve that’s consumed in quite a few eastern European countries.

28. Soybean


Soybeans might be one of the most popular beans in the world, although not many people might realize it. This is because they’re used to make tofu and soy milk, which are staples in vegetarian and vegan diets around the world.

29. Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

This squash gets its name because of the way its flesh looks when it’s cooked. When cooked, the flesh comes out of the squash in long strings that resemble noodles.

In fact, many people use the flesh of the spaghetti squash to make a more nutritious version of spaghetti.

30. Spinach


One way to really up the nutrition of a salad is by adding spinach leaves. However, this green has far more uses and your creativity is the limit when it comes to cooking with it.

Spinach dips, soups, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and wraps are really just the tip of the iceberg.

While it is mostly eaten fresh, spinach can also be stored by freezing.

Read Also: What Does Spinach Taste Like?

31. Spring Onion

Spring Onion

Truthfully, spring onion is just another name for scallion. We’ve included it on this list, though, in case you need as many veggie names that start with “S” as possible.

Spring onions have long green leaves growing out of the bulbs. This is the part that is used most often in cooking.

32. Sprouts


Sprouts are basically really young plants that have been allowed to just barely begin growing. This is commonly done with beans, for example, and used in stir fries.

33. Squash


Squash is the overall name for a type of vine plant that grows large fruits. There are numerous types of squash in the world, and we’ve even included several specific kinds on this list.

Although squashes are scientifically categorized as fruits, they’re typically treated like veggies in the culinary field.

34. Straightneck Squash

Straightneck Squash

Many of the veggies on this list come from countries all over the world, but the straightneck squash is one that originally comes from the United States. There, it is commonly boiled, fried, steamed, or baked.

35. String Bean

String Bean

String beans are long, skinny beans grown all around the world. You can eat them fresh, get them from a can, or even buy them frozen.

36. Summercrisp Lettuce

Summercrisp Lettuce

The flavorful leaves of the summercrisp lettuce are nice and large. It is also sometimes referred to as French crisp lettuce.

37. Swede


Swede is just another word for rutabaga, a European root vegetable. This plant was originally created as a combination of cabbage and turnips.

38. Sweet Potato


If anyone tries to tell you that the bright orange sweet potato is actually a yam, don’t be fooled. Many people refer to them as yams in the United States, but they’re not actually real yams.

It’s more like a potato, actually, although it’s not closely related to potatoes, either.

39. Sweetcorn


It’s not hard to find sweetcorn in the average grocery store. This type of corn is known for being very sugary and doesn’t store very well. You can eat it fresh on the cob, canned, or frozen.

40. Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable with bright stalks, which make it kind of resemble rhubarb. However, you can find it with white or yellow stalks, too.

You can use it in salads, stir fries, and soup. Some even use the giant leaves as an alternative tortilla.

41. Sword Bean

Sword Bean

The sword bean is not grown on a commercial scale, but you can nonetheless find people who eat this legume in India. Sometimes, people also eat it in other Asian countries or in Africa.

Vegetables that Start with S

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