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what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?

Last post Jul 11, 2006 11:58 AM by gr_elo . 14 replies.


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  • what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Of course we all know what fruits are fruits and which vegetables are vegies...but WHAT determines a fruit and what determines a vegie?
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Fruits have seeds.
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Yup...the seeds.

    Still don't consider a tomato to be a fruit...but then again they didn't ask me!! LOL
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Fruits are a fleshy vegetable growth containing seeds.

    Which means that strawberries are not fruits. Technically, they are a fleshy stem with seeds on the outside.

    But yes, for all the fuss that some people make about tomatoes being fruits, a cucumber is also a fruit.
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Oh great confuse me further!
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bot00/bot00134.htm
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    OK then that makes string beans & peas in the pod a fruit? I have not looked in the dictionary but assume that cooks define the difference by sweetness, not biology. OImama
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    zucinni and squash a fruit then too? Is a banana really a fruit or veg?
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    So everything is a fruit except green leafy vegetables or root vegetables?

    To me a fruit is sweet. Veggies are not.
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Yes, squashes and eggplants are technically fruits.

    Bananas, from what I've read, are a strange case. Wild bananas grow seeds, so they are fruits. In the bananas we eat, though, the seeds are vestigial, so maybe not.
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    I don't think it is determined by sweetness, because carrots are sweet, and sweet corn....hmmm. This is interesting, but how do the "experts" say: "this is a fruit, this is a vegetable"...?
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    I think botanically, a tomato is a berry. On FN the other day, they said a strawberry isn't a fruit or vegetable, lol can you figure that one out?!
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    A fruit is a food where it developes from the ovary of the plant. A veggie is not.
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    In general, "fruit" and "vegetable" are not specific enough terms to be used scientificly. For instance, the grocery store carries mushrooms in the vegetable department, right?

    Well, mushrooms are the reproductive part of a fungus--not part of the plant kingdom at all.
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  • RE: what distinguishes a fruit from a vegetable?
    Just for fun:
    egg plants are fruits
    potatoes are tobers and not root vegetables.
    So what is a vanilla bean? Fruit?
    What about green beans? Sugar Peas? They have seeds in them?
    We better call a botanist for help.
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