Classification of Fruits & Vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Sharon Nardozza
San Diego, CA
Question by sharon85
July 25, 1999
Could you please tell me the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. I have received a lot of conflicting information such as, I was told that a cucumber and a tomato are actually a fruit. I appreciate your assistance.


Image
Answer from NGA
July 25, 1999

0

cauliflower than an apple tree. So, the unscientific distinction between fruits and vegetables was further reinforced - for practical purposes (similar uses and growing procedures).

Now, the public calls most non-grain crops that are planted from seed and harvested in the same year "vegetables" and crops that live for several years and are propagated from cuttings as "fruits." Makes sense because these "vegetables" are usually cooked for dinner or are made into a salad, regardless of what plant part they come from. And the "fruits" are usually eaten fresh as desserts.

But there are still scientists around who continue to point out that certain vegetables (e.g. tomatoes) contain seeds and are associated with plant sex and babies, so are technically fruits. But few people listen to them, and not too many people care!"




cauliflower than an apple tree. So, the unscientific distinction between fruits and vegetables was further reinforced - for practical purposes (similar uses and growing procedures).

Now, the public calls most non-grain crops that are planted from seed and harvested in the same year "vegetables" and crops that live for several years and are propagated from cuttings as "fruits." Makes sense because these "vegetables" are usually cooked for dinner or are made into a salad, regardless of what plant part they come from. And the "fruits" are usually eaten fresh as desserts.

But there are still scientists around who continue to point out that certain vegetables (e.g. tomatoes) contain seeds and are associated with plant sex and babies, so are technically fruits. But few people listen to them, and not too many people care!"




You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Daisy with bug"