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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
Fallout 2Corn
Fallout 3Fresh carrot
Fresh potato
FO: New VegasFresh carrot
Fresh potato
Fallout 4Carrot
Fresh carrot

Vegetables are plants or parts of a plant used as food, typically as accompaniment to meat or fish. These items are found in various forms throughout the Fallout series.

Varieties[edit | edit source]

Maize[edit | edit source]

Gameplay articles:
Main article: Maize

Maize, also called corn, is a cereal grain first domesticated by indigenous peoples in southern Mexico about 10 000 years ago. The hardy plant grows into a tall, leafy stalk, which produces both pollen and fruit. The maize fruit is called a corn kernel, and grows in rows inside ears produced by the stalk. As a water-efficient crop that produces highly nutritious fruit that can be processed into food, ethanol, livestock feed, oil, and more, maize has become a stable of wasteland agriculture in both regular and mutated varieties.[1]

For example, New California, with its hot, arid climate, relies on the cultivation of vast fields of maize capable of thriving in the post-nuclear soil. In fact, the economic might of places like the Hub was built upon the tilled fields full of maize stalks, processed into countless process necessary for the post-nuclear civilization to thrive.[2]

Cabbage[edit | edit source]

A typical cabbage patch.
Gameplay articles:
none (mentioned in Fallout, Fallout 2, Van Buren)

A leafy green or purple biennial plant, grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads. The mutated cabbages thrive in the dry, warm weather of New California, forming the basis of a diet for a great many wastelanders. Cabbage soup may be considered the food of the poor, but it is nutritious and easy to make.[3][4][5][6]

Carrot[edit | edit source]

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A fresh carrot restores some of your hit points without irradiating you. It is one of the few edible food items that doesn't give you any radiation, In hardcore mode, it reduces starvation and dehydration.

Potato[edit | edit source]

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Gameplay articles:

The potato is the edible tuberous root of the perennial nightshade, Solanum tuberosum, commonly known as the potato plant.[7] Despite being commonly cultivated in the western parts of North America, it is all but absent on the East Coast, and was only seen successfully grown in the Rivet City hydroponics lab in 2277. By 2287 it was reported as being extinct,[8] with its ecological niche being filled by the Tato plant in the Commonwealth. Although wastelanders have made reference to pre-War french fries, it's unknown if wasteland chefs prepare potatoes in this way.[9]

Onion[edit | edit source]

Gameplay articles:
none (mentioned in Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas)

Onions[10] are one of the oldest cultivated plans in human history. By 2281, it's one of the staples of the diet of New California Republic Army.[11]

Mutated varieties[edit | edit source]

Tato[edit | edit source]

Gameplay article:

Tatos appear to be a hybrid of the tomato and potato plants. The fruit of the plant has the skin and stem of a tomato, and a brown flesh reminiscent of a potato. Commonly cultivated in the Commonwealth and on Mount Desert Island, its fruit is notable for being nutritious, even if its taste leaves something to be desired.[12]


  1. Real-life features.
  2. Corn is the most common crop found in Fallout and Fallout 2.
  3. Mom: "{343}{}{Cabbage soup is all I've got right now.}"
  4. PRO SCEN.MSG (Fallout): "{36600}{}{Plant}"
    "{36601}{}{It looks like a mutated cabbage to you. It seems to be thriving in the warm weather.}"
    "{36701}{}{It looks like a mutated cabbage to you. It seems to be thriving in the warm weather.}"
  5. Jules: "{1117}{}{Boy's like a rabbit, and is ALWAYS looking for a new cabbage patch.}"
    The Chosen One: "{1121}{}{How eloquent. When you speak, it's poetry - the use of "cabbage patch" brings forth striking imagery. THANK you.}"
  6. Mesa Verde design document/1: "Greenhouses: Lacking access to glass, the Ciphers draped clear plastic over simple wooden frames to create a pair of greenhouses. Crops like soybeans, squash, cabbage, and carrots are grown in shallow hydroponic bays."
  7. Potato on Wikipedia
  8. Prydwen terminals; Botany Terminal, Commonwealth Plant Database
    Note: As fresh tomatoes and potatos are seen in the Mojave Wasteland as of 2281 – with the potato seen in the Capital Wasteland as of 2277, the claim of either's extinction by 2287 in the Commonwealth Plant Database could be taken to mean Local extinction in certain east coast regions, as opposed to Global extinction.
  9. Reno townsfolk: "{270}{}{You got fries to go with that shake, beautiful?}"
  10. Mikey Frazier: "{103}{}{Hungry, stranger? I got the best lizard around. Ask anybody!}"
    The Chosen One: "{106}{}{I'll take one.}"
    Mikey Frazier: "{109}{}{Enjoy, stranger!}"
    "{110}{}{There's mustard and onions over there.}"
  11. The Courier: "Got anything to eat?"
    William Farber: "Oh yeah. You can order up anything you want... as long as it's corn or beans!<Laughs> Just kidding. Haven't you heard? With few shipments from home and little variety, the troops are getting restless for some quality grub. You can only do so much as a chef with just corn, beans, onions, and peppers."
    (William Farber's dialogue)
  12. Prydwen terminals; Botany Terminal, Commonwealth Plant Database
    Note: This text was written from the perspective of someone whom doesn't know that both the Tomato and the Potato are being cultivated elsewhere. Nor has the writer mentioned anything about a DNA test to prove the speculation, which in particular the Potato is found in the Capital Wasteland where the writer – as a scribe in the Brotherhood of Steel – is supposedly from.