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This article is about the items from Super Mario Bros. 2. For Princess Peach's and Princess Daisy's down special move in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Vegetable (move).
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Vegetables[1][2][3][4][5] (also shortened to veggies)[4][5] are objects that can pulled out of the ground and thrown at enemies to damage or defeat them. They are 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 (also called Large Vegetables[6]) are first found in Subcon in the game Super Mario Bros. 2. They can be plucked with B Button and thrown at enemies. Unripened vegetables[1] (also called Sprouts[2][3], Tiny Vegetables[4] or Small Vegetables[5]) are smaller than the ripe ones but are 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. If four large ones are picked up in the same stage, picking up what is supposed to be the fifth one will reveal a Stop Watch.

Wart is said to hate vegetables in the game's story; he needs to be force-fed six vegetables to be beaten. Tomatoes and onions are 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 turnips that cannot be picked up. Instead, these giant vegetables are thrown by Princess Peach off-screen when the game's time reaches certain points in the script. It will take out any enemy in its path but can also hurt the player's character as well. Likewise, black giant turnips with angry faces are also thrown by the villains from off-screen.

Super Mario Advance[edit]

Vegetables return in Super Mario Advance, working the same way they did originally. This version of the game also features large turnips called Giant Vegetables[5][7] or Huge Vegetables[7], which take longer to pull out. They work just like their normal-sized counterparts, but can hit more enemies, due to their bigger size.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

In Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, scanning the Blue Green Switch will activate grass patches with vegetables below them in the main game. They also appear by default in several World-e levels, namely Vegetable Volley, The ol' Switcheroo, A Sky-High Adventure, Ice Cubed, Ground Work and Treacherous Halls. Note that in this game, only turnips appear, in both their unripe and ripe forms, as well as the giant turnip that was introduced in Super Mario Advance.

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 Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Wii Virtual Console manual: "Pull out a lot of these and something cool might happen..."

Names in other languages[edit]


Language Name Meaning
Japanese 野菜[8]
French Légume
Gros légume
Big vegetable
German Gemüse Vegetable
Italian Verdura Vegetable
Swedish Grönsak Vegetable

Unripened vegetable[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese はずれ野菜[8]
Hazure Yasai
Failed Vegetable
French Petit légume Small vegetable
German Unreifes Gemüse Unripened vegetable
Italian Germoglio Sprout

Giant Vegetable[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 巨大野菜[9]
Kyodaina Yasai
Gigantic Vegetable
French Légume géant Giant vegetable


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Bros. 2 NES instruction booklet, page 18.
  2. ^ a b Nintendo Power Volume 1, page 10.
  3. ^ a b Super Mario All-Stars Player's Guide. Page 88.
  4. ^ a b c Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet, page 20.
  5. ^ a b c d Super Mario Advance North American instruction booklet, page 26.
  6. ^ Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario Advance Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 11.
  7. ^ a b Stratton, Bryan. Super Mario Advance Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 66. "Pluck the plant on the platform for a Giant Vegetable, jump up onto the next platform to the right, and hit all five Ninjis with the Huge Vegetable, snagging a 1UP and a Heart."
  8. ^ a b Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 24.
  9. ^ Super Mario Advance Japanese instruction booklet, page 26.