How to Measure Vegetables in Recipes

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2005

Measuring vegetables is not as easy as you may think. Any cook who has ever tried to guess how many asparagus spears equal a pound when a scale is not available knows how hard this can be. (Try stuffing a measuring cup with those pesky raw spears!) Here’s a cheat sheet to follow when faced with measuring vegetables.

asparagus: 1 pound = 15–20 large spears

carrots: 1 pound = 5–6 medium carrots

green beans: 1 pound = 4 handfuls of whole beans

spinach: 1 pound = 12 cups fresh, torn leaves

sugar snap peas: 1 pound = 4 cups whole pods

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at