IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #29 Describe a kind of vegetable or plant you like to grow

Describe a kind of vegetable or plant you like to grow. You should say:
What it is
What it looks like
Where you want to plant it
And explain why you like to plant it

Sample answer:

I’d love to grow water spinach, a typical sort of vegetables in Vietnam. It is a greenish, long-stemmed veggie that is mainly cultivated in aquatic environment.

I am fortunate enough to have a small garden in my backyard (I live in the suburbs of Ho Chi Minh city), so I plan to set aside a part of the garden, among all tropical flowers and Bonsais of mine, to plant it. If I have enough time, I’d also love to grow more so that I can make it a part of my family meals as well as give them away to my relatives and friends. The reason why I like it is that it’s pretty easy to prepare; even a 12-year-old Vietnamese kid can make a simple dish with water spinach. Another reason is that it’s the best example of Vietnamese vegetables.

Along with rice, water spinach appears in virtually every Vietnamese meal. Vietnamese normally stir-fry it with sliced beef, or even just a dish of steamed water spinach with fish sauce is fine. Anyway, the plan’s already settled; after today’s test, I will get down to growing it soon!

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do people in your country like growing plants by themselves?
    Well, I would say it depends; this may vary from the geographical location. You know, for people in the suburbs they most likely grow their own crops because they have a wide space like a barn or a plantation to grow their plants. What’s more, this can ensure the quality of food is fresh especially vegetables and fruits like cabbage, carrots and strawberries. Another reason is that, they make this as a primary source of income, they sell their products on public market in town. Basically, this is where most people make money.
  2. Where do people grow plants?
    There are several places where people plant their crops. The most common is the rice field, I can say that it’s the best place to grow your plants because of the fact that rice fields has good soil quality and is sufficient for sunlight especially those plants that requires direct sunlight such as rice, corns, etc. But for some, they usually grow their plants on their back yard, they make a small area to plant some crops and some area to grow their flowers. Take my grandma as an example, she has a small backyard where she garden her plants everyday. She has varieties of tomatoes and flowers in it.
  3. What do you think is the most important plant in your country?
    t is no doubt that paddy plant is the most essential plant in my country because rice is the main food in Vietnam. You know, people in Vietnam eat rice or noodles as part of their heavy meal. According to my history class, in ancient Vietnam people found a solution to feed their stomach using some basic ingredients, it is then they invented fried rice which has become the most common part of Vietnamese people’s meal especially in the Southern area. I can tell that, it is not only an affordable meal but also a healthy meal as you can add vegetables and some seasoning to make it flavorful. So I have the thought that if there is no enough supply of rice, most people will starve especially the needy ones.
  4. Do you want to be a farmer in the future?
    Farming is a decent job, I highly respect them and without farmers we will have no supply of crops, however, in my personal view point, I don’t think it is a suitable job for me due to the reason that I want to be a good doctor. I have been an aspiring doctor since I was a kid and may parents have been very supportive about it. The main reason why I want to be a doctor is because I want to help cure diseases all over China and to help spread health awareness to people. I respect farmers but being a farmer is not something I have thought of doing in the future.
  5. Is it important to eat fruits?
    We all know that fruits must be part of our daily meals so I strongly believe that fruits are essential to us. I can provide a reason to prove this, first, when I got sick my doctor told me to eat healthy foods, what he meant was, to avoid processed foods and eat foods that grow on trees such as fruits like bananas, apple and grapes. I followed his advice and guess what? I recovered quickly. In general, fruits are natural remedies for illness and for long life.
  6. Did you like to eat fruits when you were a child?
    If I can vividly remember, it wasn’t difficult for me to eat any kinds of food during my childhood and fruits are not an exemption. So I am guessing that, I liked to eat fruits when I was young due to the fact that my mother prepared fruits in a very creative way. What I mean is that, she made different shapes out of an apple or banana which attracted me to eat it.
    Therefore, eating fruits was part of my meal when I was young.
  7. Other possible question:
    What kind of fruit do you enjoy the most?
    Did you enjoy the same type of fruit when you were a child?
    Do you prefer to eat fruit or vegetables?
    Are there any fruits or vegetables you don’t like? Why?
    Do most people eat vegetables in your country?

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