Easy to Grow Tropical Vegetables

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    Easy to Grow Tropical Vegetables

    Tropical vegetable plants require long, hot and sometimes humid growing seasons to develop and thrive. Some tropical vegetables can be grown in hot houses and indoors if the conditions are kept suitable.

    The tropics are home to heat-loving vegetable varieties. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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    Sweet Potato

    Sweet potatoes are tuber vegetables that are sweeter than normal potatoes. They are slightly more elongated with white, yellow and red varieties, all with yellowish flesh. They are easier to grow than normal potatoes and require less water and fertiliser to thrive. Although they are fast-growing plants, they require a long, hot growing season to develop.

    Sweet potato is a distant relative to the potato despite the name. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

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    Yams are common tropical vegetables. They are similar to sweet potatoes and often are mistaken for each other, although they are a different species. Yams have pink to brown outer skins with ripe flesh ranging from purple to pink inside the tuber. They are grown underground, but the vine requires a frame on which to climb.

    Yams have a sweet taste to their flesh. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

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    Snake Beans

    Snake beans are long, thin green beans that grow in tropical environments. They are versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. Snake beans prefer warm, humid conditions and can grow up to 3 feet long. The bean vine will grow for approximately 16 weeks, and harvesting can start from about seven weeks into growth.

    Snake beans are staples in many Southeast Asian countries. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

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    Also known as eggplant, aubergine is closely related to tomatoes. The aubergine plant has purple, oval-shaped bitter fruit that must be cooked before consumption. Aubergines are easy to grow, preferring a warm climate, and will be ready for harvest within 16 weeks. Although they are technically a type of fruit, aubergines are treated as vegetables.

    Aubergines grow on small bush-like plants. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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