Botanists are scientists dedicated to the study of plant life. Botanists work to understand plant life, growth, structure and classification. Botany is a branch of biology since plants are living organisms.
Vegetables are plants raised for some edible part, such as the leaves, roots, fruit or flowers. Vegetables exclude any plant that is thought to be a fruit in the culinary sense. The term vegetable also refers to the edible part of a plant.
Fungi make up one of the five kingdom classifications. Fungi lack chlorophyll and therefore have to absorb nutrients from decaying organisms. Fungi produce helpful substances like penicillin but can also cause damage to plants and humans.
Herbs and spices are used to flavor food. Herbs are plants lacking permanent woody stems and are valued for qualities such as medicinal properties, flavor and scent. Spices are made from vegetative substances such as seeds, roots and barks.