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A celery and carrot crudité platter
CourseHors d'oeuvre
Place of originFrance
Main ingredientsRaw vegetables, vinaigrette or dipping sauce

Crudités (/ˈkrdɪt(z)/, French: [kʁydite]; plural only) are French appetizers consisting of sliced or whole raw vegetables[1] which are typically dipped in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. Examples of crudités include celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, baby corn, and asparagus spears.


Crudités means "raw things", from Middle French crudité (14c.), from Latin cruditatem (nominative cruditas), from crudus "rough; not cooked, raw, bloody".[2] The term was first used in English circa 1960.[3]


Crudités may be served alongside pita bread.[4] They are commonly seen in school lunches.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jessica (2012-12-05). "What Are The Crudités?". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  2. ^ "Crudites". Online Etymology Dictionary.
  3. ^ Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary s.v.
  4. ^ "Crudités". Retrieved September 12, 2021.