Fruit or Vegetables? Do you know the difference?
According to botanists (those who study plants) a fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower. It’s also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. The other parts of plants are considered vegetables. These include the stems, leaves and roots – and even the flower bud.
There are at least nine fruits and one which is neither fruit nor vegetable in the picture below. Can you identify them?
Here are the answers:
bell pepper, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, peas, pumpkin, tomato, zucchini, and mushroom.
Mushroom is not a fruit or a vegetable; it’s not even a plant! Although tomatoes are considered fruit, now don’t you go looking for them next to the oranges in your grocery stores; fruits like tomatoes and green beans are usually – alas, incorrectly – referred to as vegetables in most grocery stores and cookbooks.
The following are technically fruits:
avocado, beans, peapods, corn kernels, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olives peppers, pumpkin, squash, sunflower seeds, zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes.
Vegetables include celery (stem), lettuce, cabbage, Brussels sprout (leaves), cauliflower and broccoli (buds), and beets, radish, carrots and potatoes (roots).
So the next time you teach your students at school or kids at home, remember don’t say tomato as a vegetable anymore. Don’t do the same mistake again!