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3 and 4 Letter Fruits and Vegetables

Name all the common fruits and vegetables whose names are 3 or 4 letters long.
Using American English
Commonly available fresh in traditional American grocery stores
Bean doesn't count because it's not specific enough
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First submittedSeptember 29, 2013
Last updatedAugust 25, 2015
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Fruit
Date
Fig
Kiwi
Fruit
Lime
Pear
Plum
Vegetable
Beet
Corn
Kale
Leek
Vegetable
Okra
Pea
Yam
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level 66
Sep 30, 2013
I don't understand why bean isn't there but pea is since both have many different types (fava, lima, green, kidney beans and chick, snow, snap peas). If the reason is that beans are actually legumes, then corn should be removed because it is technically a grain.
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level ∞
Sep 30, 2013
The reason is that there IS a vegetable that is known simply as a "Pea":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea

There are different types of beans, but no single type that is called just "bean".

Corn is a grain, but it is also a vegetable, in contrast to other grains such as oats.

p.s. I anticipated all these complaints, and many more, but I didn't want to overwhelm the quiz with disclaimers

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level 66
Oct 16, 2013
Well played Quizmaster, well played.
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level 76
May 22, 2014
There is more than one type of pea, too. The article you cited mentioned both garden peas and field peas. And what about cowpeas? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_pea
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
But doesnt the same go for many others on here? I am no expert, but I am sure there is more than one type of plum, kiwi, pear and yam. So why do all the others make the list?

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level 11
Apr 22, 2017
It's because pea is a type of bean.
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level 60
Oct 11, 2017
And Bean is a type of Pea! Paradox! Hi! I'm Wolfcam! My job is to confuse everyone in the comments! By the way, what continent is Cyprus on?
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level 57
Jul 10, 2018
@WolfCam Eurasia!
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
It's not that far from Africa....
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level 29
Oct 7, 2013
Corn is a grain not a vegetable
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level ∞
Oct 7, 2013
Common misperception. It is a grain AND a vegetable. According to Wikipedia:
The non-biological definition of a vegetable is largely based on culinary and cultural tradition
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level 55
Jan 30, 2018
Checked wikipedia and according to it corn is a grain. No vegetable mentions connected to corn. So....
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
I wrote that Wikipedia sentence and I've changed my mind, now it is. Get a source that isn't written by anybody with an internet connection if you want reliable information.
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level 68
Oct 16, 2013
"ugli"?
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level 25
Oct 18, 2013
probably the same reason star isn't there. It needs the fruit suffix.
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level 82
Jun 28, 2015
I don't think "ugli" needs a suffix, but I really doubt it's "commonly available fresh in traditional American grocery stores" - sounds a bit rare and weird to me. It's a citrus fruit, right?
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
It does not need the suffix. It was not originally part of the name I think, but just an description and got picked up as part of the name in english I guess. (maybe cause it feels less weird to say can I get an ugly fruit than to say can I get an ugli. In english, and less so in other countries_) In order countries it there isnt even the alternative with the word fruit behind it.
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
I actually found this while trying to find out the origin: Origin Ugli

Ugli is not a fruit name, but a brand... the fruit name is (jamaican) tangelo. But since all the groceries stores etc sell it under the name ugli, nearly everyone seem to think that that is the actual name of the fruit and not the brand.. (And yes overtime brandnames sometimes become the official name for the product itself, especially if it is the first of its type. But the species allready has a name. Tangelo.

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level 70
Oct 14, 2019
Kiwi fruit needs the suffix "fruit" also, but that is on the list.
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level 72
Dec 8, 2018
Rasp. Blue. Elder. Black. Straw. Not what anyone calls those berries.
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
That is because it is not their name...
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level 57
Oct 16, 2013
that quiz was way harder than I expected it to be
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level 71
Oct 16, 2013
That was tougher than expected. Happy with 10 and somehow didn't get lime even though it was in my Ketel & Tonic last night.
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level 43
Oct 19, 2013
I thought of napa - but maybe it is just a kind of cabbage, not a standalone vegetable
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level 49
Oct 19, 2013
I've lived in three different parts of the U.S. (southwest, east coast, and midwest) and never seen fresh figs or dates. They're usually only available dried.
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level 71
Oct 19, 2013
I have fig trees in my yard in Georgia.
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level 43
May 1, 2018
Back in Florida, my house has fig and date trees.
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Yuma, Arizona / Calexico, California area is date central.
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level 14
Oct 29, 2013
Anyone else typed pear and got pea in the process!?
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level 51
Feb 3, 2017
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level 34
May 1, 2018
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Literally everyone who typed pear instead of copy-pasting a simple 4-letter word.
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level 57
Nov 9, 2018
Some of us thought of "pea" first. Also if you copy and paste "pear" in you get "pea" anyway.
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level 72
Mar 31, 2019
That's exactly what I said.
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
why on earth would you copy paste? and from where?? +everything that TWM03 says. @someone2018 no, you said the opposite according to you only the typers and not the copiers got pea while going for pear. and you didnt mention anything about the people that went for pea before going for pear. Twmo3 said exactly what I wanted to reply to your remark. Plus see below

And you both missed the ones that got neither ;) if you dont get pear you dont get the freebie either.

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level 64
Mar 13, 2014
Taro can be found a lot of places in the U.S. and is a very important staple of Hawaiian cuisine.
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level 44
Aug 4, 2014
Totally on board with taro.
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level 44
Nov 26, 2014
Tried taro. Should be in the quiz
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level 1
May 13, 2014
this is so hard. I gave up
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level 33
Sep 25, 2014
Nice, was a lot harder than I thought. I missed out on Kiwi because we call them Kiwifruit in Australia. Kiwi refers to someone from NZ, you would get funny looks if you said you wanted a Kiwi
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level 62
Oct 1, 2016
And you'd get thrown in prison if you said you ate one. I also missed kiwi for the same reason.
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
hahah
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level 67
Nov 15, 2017
I think of a little bird when I hear Kiwi.
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level 8
Feb 15, 2015
Finished it with 3:19 left. :)
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level 42
Jun 28, 2015
taro and ramp
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level 49
Jan 2, 2016
I tried "açai" and honestly I think it should be added because I'm starting to see it in foods kind of often now.
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level 49
Oct 1, 2016
Not alone. I know it's more obscure than most but I did try it.
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level 58
Oct 3, 2016
I agree that it's become very popular, but I don't think I have ever seen it for sale in the produce section/fresh.
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level 32
Aug 27, 2018
I agree as I've never seen it in the fresh produce section but I definitely have seen it in those pre-chopped fruit you buy in the supermarket and so I think it should be accepted because of that.
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
I did try goji but it needs the word berry
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level 49
Sep 24, 2016
Are dates sold fresh elsewhere? I've only ever seen them dried...
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level 43
Jan 14, 2018
Yeah in Florida, and other tropical places, they grow on trees that look like palms but many people don't know what they are.
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level 62
Oct 1, 2016
Deceptively tricky. I thought and thought, and was so surprised to see that the ones I missed were all ones I knew and should have got! (eg I grow limes, figs and kale in my garden, and have leeks in the fridge!)
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level 65
Oct 1, 2016
Beer? ;)
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level 58
Oct 3, 2016
I mean, "hops" does have four letters...
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
ale
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level 67
Oct 3, 2016
Yams certainly aren't common in American super markets.
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level 58
Oct 3, 2016
They are everywhere I've been. I hear them more often called sweet potatoes around here, but regardless of the name, they're just as common as regular potatoes.
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level 38
Oct 13, 2016
Yams and sweet potatos are different.
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level 60
Oct 4, 2016
Dill?
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
i think that is a herb, not avegetable and definitely not a fruit
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level 22
Oct 6, 2016
I did this quiz in 1 minute
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level 39
Jul 25, 2018
...aren't you the clever one!...
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level 80
Mar 13, 2017
Where in America are Yams "commonly available fresh"?
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level 61
Jan 22, 2019
Every city I've lived in (East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest; all 50,000+). Maybe not in small towns though?
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
what would the be otherwise, precooked?
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level 49
Nov 22, 2017
I tried yuca and acai, but maybe they aren't common enough.
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level 67
Dec 3, 2017
melon? mango? lemon? guava?
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level 66
Jan 11, 2018
5 letters, 5 letters, 5 letters, and 5 letters.....
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Se? Ri? Ous? Ly?
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level 39
Mar 10, 2018
I tried goji. It isn't there
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level 39
Jul 25, 2018
...nor was bean...
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level 43
May 1, 2018
I love yams and eat them all the time. I can’t believe I missed that!
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level 64
May 1, 2018
But I say kale as two syllables
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level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Kaylee is a name. I say name as 2 syllables.
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level 67
Jan 21, 2019
But how many letters does it have when you say it?
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level 47
Mar 10, 2019
Great quiz! Just a quick suggestion: you could include acai and gogi under fruits.
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level 66
May 20, 2019
I guess you're defining "herbs" as different that "vegetables", but that's a pretty arbitrary distinction. Dill and mint, at least, should be on here.
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level 61
Aug 26, 2019
but you would never use those as your main course... only as tastemakers...