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The Difference Between Fruits And Vegetables?  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2579 times:

...I know that the tomato is supposed to be a fruit, yet it's eaten as a vegetable. so what qualifies as fruits and what qualifies as vegetables ?
UTA, still hungry after lunch.


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User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Actually, not much. From a biological point of view, I don't think they can draw a line between what's a fruit or what's a vegetable. That taxonomy is only convenient in our every day lives.


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User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Fruits grow on trees, and vegetables grow elsewhere, like vines, roots, etc. That's why the tomato should be a fruit.


Note, a mushroom is NOT a veggie, it is a fungus.


User currently offlineUssherd From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2563 times:

Fruit will have seeds inside, like cherries, tomatoes, beans or avocado.

Vegetables, you eat another part of the plant which is not part of the reproductive system, like the roots or blades, like potatoes and carrots (the root) or celery and lettuce (the leaves or stalk).

Charles


User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

How do you turn a fruit into a vegetable???


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User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2537 times:

Cfalk has got it.

A fruit is a function of a plant's reproduction - Either to fall off the parent plant and rot with the seeds inside, creating a nice bit of fertilised land for the new plant to grow, or to be carried off (eaten even) by an animal and deposited far away thus spreading the species.

I don't know why some people insist on calling tomatoes vegetables.


User currently offlineKRIC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
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"I don't know why some people insist on calling tomatoes vegetables.

My theory: Generally speaking, fruits are associated with a sweet flavor, and vegetables with a savory one. There are exceptions, tomatoes being one of them, where fruits are eaten as a savory (avacadoes, squash, peppers), thus people might *think* of them as veggies.



User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13596 posts, RR: 61
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2527 times:
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Cfalk, would you then classify a cucumber as a fruit? I suppose you should, technically since you're eating the reproductive system, seeds and all.

Also, tomatoes do NOT grow on trees (as someone previously suggested), but on vines. Grapes are fruit, and they also grow on vines. So do watermelons, pumpkins, etc.



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

I'm sorry guys, but you are all wrong.

A fruit becomes a flower, a vegetable not, plain and simple.


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

I'm sorry I was wrong too.

You should have read: A fruit COMES from a flower.


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

I don't know in English, but in French the word "fruit" has 2 meanings:

1) A fruit
2) A result (in a positive meaning = something good which happens after a specific action or situation). This meaning is obviously the origin of the other one, the fruit being the result of the flower's transformation. At least that's my interpretation.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

Sebolino, the flower is part of the reproductive sysem which produces the seeds which are protected by the fruit "flesh". That's what we've been saying. Don't be so quick to judge before actually reading the responses.

Charles


User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

Hi guys.

I was always under the impression that what determined the difference between a fruit & a vegetable was based on whether or not you would have a "floating surprise" the next morning.

I've seen corn, pea's & lettus (all veggies) do a good job of floating in the bowl, but never have I seen an apple, orange, pineapple, bannanah, cherries, etc, etc, floating around before the big flush!

Just a thought  Laugh out loud

Chris  Smile



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13596 posts, RR: 61
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
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I've seen corn, pea's & lettus (all veggies) do a good job of floating in the bowl, but never have I seen an apple, orange, pineapple, bannanah, cherries, etc, etc, floating around before the big flush!

ROFL!!

Ok, as gross as that is, let me reply...it's just a guess on my part, but I'd imagine that the large natural sugar content of fruit means they're easily digested, whereas vegetables are probably not as easily (or completely) digested thanks to their fairly low natural sugar content.

Also, digested vegetable remnants would likely be easier to identify than fruit remnants.

End result? More vegetable "leftovers" floating in the toilet.  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

Hello EA CO AS.

Well I wasn't meaning to be gross - well just reallistcally honest & a bit funny- about the surprise the next morning. Lets face it, we're all humans, and we all have to do our thing in the bathroom.

Regarding your guess about large natural sugar content, well, your guess is as good as mine. However, I do know (from my past schooling) that "large" CELLULOSE fibres cannot diffuse through the wall of the large intestines ..... thus the residue the next morning. The best example (that I can think of) of how the human body cannot digest a fruit or veggie's fibre is the onion.

If you want to teach little children about cells, peel one of the many thin layers that an onion has inside, put it under a microscope and drop some food colouring die on it.

It's a great way to actually see a living cell, and it's also to big for us Big Guys to digest.  Laugh out loud

Chris  Smile




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