Garden Vegetable Calories
When considering what vegetables to grow in your survival garden, one thing to consider is the calories that you will get in return for the work that you put in.
The following is a list of garden vegetables whose caloric data has been normalized to a 3.5 ounce serving, which is 100 grams, or about half a cup. The calories listed for these vegetables are for raw vegetables. In other words, no extras added…
I was surprised to discover that garlic is very high in calories, the highest in this list. Not that you would rely on garlic alone for calories, or could even eat enough of them to be serious about calories, but then again, you might be surprised at the good taste of roasted garlic, and how much you may be able to eat. It is very healthy for you too!
Update: A reader pointed out that Sunflower Seeds are very high in calories, and wow, are they ever! 420 calories per half cup! This large flower wins the calorie contest for sure. Plant a patch of these and you will reap quite a caloric reward. Peas should be on the list too, at 60 calories per half cup – I never much liked peas so I must’ve blocked them out of my memory
I was fairly confident that potatoes would be near the top of the list. Potatoes are are easy to grow, and would be a ‘must have’ for a survival garden. If you haven’t tried growing potatoes yet, you should seriously consider it, so that you know how…
Corn is also high on the list of calorie rich vegetables. Leeks and Kale are high in calories too. Beans of course are right there in the middle of the list, and a good source of calories and protein.
Unfortunately, tomatoes, which are the most common and easiest to grow garden vegetable, and arguably the tastiest, is very low in calories compared to other vegetables. Even though this is the true, you wouldn’t catch me without some tomato plants in my vegetable garden. Home grown fresh tomatoes are sooooo good.
So if you are growing a garden for the purpose of a ‘survival garden’, you better consider the caloric return on your investment. It looks to me like lots of potatoes!
Calorie List of Raw Garden Vegetables
3.5 ounce, 100 grams, about half a cup
Sunflower Seeds (420) !
Brussels Sprouts (41)
Green Beans (31)
Beans, green (30)
Collard Greens (30)
Cabbage, Red (25)
Egg Plant (24)
Bell Pepper (20)
Squash, zucchini (16)