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This article is about the items from Super Mario Bros. 2. For Princess Peach's down special move in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Vegetable (move).
SMB2 Vegetable.jpg
Objects that can be thrown as projectiles.

First appearance

Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)

Latest appearance

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo Switch / 3DS) (2018)

Vegetables[1] (also known as Veggies and Sprouts[1]) are objects that can pulled out of the ground and thrown at enemies to damage or defeat them. They are first introduced in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and the Mario game, Super Mario Bros. 2. The most commonly recurring vegetable is the turnip, which has made several appearances throughout the Mario franchise following Super Mario Bros. 2.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Unripe and ripe vegetables, and the red grass pulled to acquire them

Vegetables are first found in Subcon in the game Super Mario Bros. 2. They can be plucked with the B button and thrown at enemies. There are two kinds, unripe and ripe. The ripe ones are much larger than the unripe but they're still just as effective when throwing. Almost all the red grass in the game is a vegetable when plucked. Vegetables can appear as turnips, onions, beets, radishes, and other root vegetables.

Wart is said to hate vegetables in the game's story; he needs to be force-fed six vegetables to be beaten. The pale vegetable in the bottom right side of the picture to the left is only seen when thrown out of Wart's Dream Machine.

BS Super Mario USA[edit]

Vegetables return in the game BS Super Mario USA. They are used in the same manner in the predecessor. The game introduces giant vegetables that cannot be picked up. Instead, these giant plants only appear as spells cast by a character who appears on the screen as a card.

Super Mario Advance[edit]

Vegetables return in Super Mario Advance, working the same way they did originally. This version of the game also features pickable giant turnips, which take longer to pull out. They work just like their normal-sized counterparts, but can hit more enemies, due to their bigger size.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

Vegetables appear in some episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Mario and Luigi use them in various episodes to defeat their enemies, the Koopa Pack and King Koopa like in Super Mario Bros. 2. The vegetable-throwing sound from Super Mario Bros. 2 is also commonly used in the show even for things such as the firing of a Bullet Bill and the throwing of a fireball.

Mario vs. Wario[edit]

Vegetables were given a minor appearance in one of the Mario vs. Wario comics. The first page of this comic showed Mario recalling "playing in the garden" with Wario when the two were friends; during this scene, several vegetables are present and Wario even picks one up Super Mario Bros. 2-style. Wario, too, remembers this garden scene on the next page, although his memory is a little less fair: he recalls Mario asking for help in the garden and taking a row of turnips as his own, leaving Wario to tackle the Piranha Plants on his own.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Summit stage features vegetables from Ice Climber that act as food. When they are eaten, they make a special, different sound effect from the other foods, the same sound effect used in the original game when Popo or Nana collect a vegetable.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy information[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Vegetables BrawlTrophy537.png NES Ice Climber The Ice Climbers' goal is to climb peaks. Just below each peak is a bonus stage where these bonus items appear in this order: eggplant, carrot, cabbage, cucumber, corn, turnip, pumpkin, Chinese cabbage, potato, and mushroom. You'll also get points for grabbing the condor at the peak after collecting the veggies. Why vegetables? That's a mystery for the ages.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Légume Vegetable
Italian Verdura/Germoglio Vegetable/Sprout
Swedish Grönsak Vegetable


  1. ^ a b Super Mario All-Stars Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 88.