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Tyngsboro, MA
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Question by labrecqueg
July 30, 2000
What catagory does Rhubarb fall under? Vegetable or fruit?
I've heard people refer to rhubarb as both.
Thank you

Answer from NGA
July 30, 2000
Well, there's an official horticultural answer, and then there's a common usage answer. Botanically speaking, rhubarb is a vegetable because you consume the stalk. If the plant produced a fruit (fleshy ovary containing seeds), and that's the part you ate, it would be considered a fruit. However, we generally cook the stalks and eat them sweetened, which makes us think rhubarb is a fruit. Hope that clarifies things for you!

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