Posted by: Viktor Mar | 2014 April 10


Fruit definition from the CRC Dictionary of Agricultural Sciences.

Fruit. 1: the ripened ovary of a flower together with any accessory parts associated with it.
2: a vernacular term applied to the fleshy, edible, ripened ovary of a woody plant or vine.
3: to bear fruit
4: crop, yield, harvest.
5: the mature ovary of a plant or animal.
6: the consequence or outcome of a behavior, labor, or activity.
accessory fruit. a fruit in which tissue other than that of the ripened ovary forms
a conspicuous portion. Apples, figs, and strawberries are examples in which the true fruits (the seeds) lie within, or are embedded within, soft edible tissue. aggregate fruit. a fused cluster of several fruits, each of which developed from a single ovary of a single flower, as in a blackberry or magnolia.

These Everyday Foods Aren’t What You Think They Are



  • Everyone probably knows that a tomato is really a fruit, but does everybody know how many other foods that we call vegetables are actually fruits? Did you know, for example, that a bell pepper is a fruit?

    There are a number of seriously surprising foods that you probably think you think you know a lot about but in reality don’t fully understand. The terms we commonly use to classify our food — namely our fruits, vegetables, berries, grains and nuts — may be leading you astray.

    Of course there’s a whole genre of processed foods that have misleading names (ahem, bacon bits, which are made of soy protein, not bacon), but that’s a rabbit hole we’d rather not go down today. For the purposes of this post, we’re focusing on produce and grains. There are plenty of natural foods that throw us for a loop.

    Here are 14 foods that aren’t what you think:

    • 1

      A watermelon is a BERRY.


      A berry is "a fleshy fruit that has multiple seeds on the inside, embedded in the flesh of the ovary." So technically speaking, a watermelon is a berry!

    • 2

      An eggplant is also a berry.


      You read that right. An eggplant is also a berry.

    • 3

      So is a chili pepper.


      Chili peppers = berries = mind blown.

    • 4

      Bananas are berries too.



    • 5

      Strawberries, on the other hand, are NOT berries.


      Stay with us here… A strawberry does not fall under the definition of a berry because it is not produced by a single ovary. It is an "enlarged stem end, or receptacle, in which are partially embedded the many true fruits… popularly called seeds."

    • 6

      Neither are blackberries.


      Blackberries are not berries. Blackberries are not berries. We keep saying it, but we keep not believing it.

    • 7

      And raspberries aren’t berries either.


      What is the world coming to?

    • 8

      An avocado is a fruit.


      Ok, we can deal with this one at least. A fruit is "the structure that bears the seeds of a plant." The CRC Dictionary of Agricultural Sciences defines it as "the ripened ovary of a flower together with any accessory parts associated with it."

    • 9

      Bell Peppers are also fruits.


      Not really into this.

    • 10

      Squash is also a fruit.


      When does this insanity end?

    • 11

      So are cucumbers.


      Which mean pickles are…

    • 12

      Corn is a grain.


      Sorry, grain-haters.

    • 13

      Quinoa is a seed.


      Grain-haters, meet quinoa. It’s not the "super-grain" you thought it was. It’s a super seed.

    • 14

      Peanuts are not nuts.


      They are legumes. And you can all go home now.

    And to take it one step further, ALL of these things could be considered vegetables. A vegetable is a culinary term — it is not a scientific term and is somewhat subject.

    Vegetable is a culinary term.

    Its definition has no scientific value and is somewhat arbitrary and subjective.

    All parts of herbaceous plants eaten as food by humans, whole or in part, are generally considered vegetables.

    Mushrooms, though belonging to the biological kingdom, fungi, are also commonly considered vegetables.

    Since "vegetable" is not a botanical term, there is no contradiction in referring to a plant part as a fruit while also being considered a vegetable.

    Given this general rule of thumb, vegetables can include leaves (lettuce), stems (asparagus), roots (carrots), flowers (broccoli), bulbs (garlic), seeds (peas and beans) and of course the botanical fruits like cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and capsicums.

    Vegetables contain water soluble vitamins like vitamin B and vitamin C, fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin A and vitamin D, and also contain carbohydrates and minerals.



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