Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4552 times:
The answer depends on who you are: a scientist? a greengrocer? I'll give you the botanist's answer:
A fruit is the ripened (swollen) ovary of a flower. The ovary ripens when the ovules inside have been fertilized. Seeds of flowering plants always are found inside fruits.
Botanists generally don't use the word vegetable to mean a plant or even a plant part. The basic parts are roots, stems, leaves flowers/fruit/seeds. Vegetable is a grocery store term: Tomatoes are called vegetables to distinguish them from the sweeter fruits like peaches. Carrots are called vegetables but the part we eat is of course a root.
In horticulture people talk about growing "flowers and vegetables" but that doesn't really make sense: tomatoes and peppers are flowering plants!
Budyboy From United States of America, joined May 2005, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4532 times:
And interestingly, tomatoes are fruits. But people think they are vegetables anyway. And many many years ago people thought they were poisonous and lots of Italians think they came from Italy, when in fact they originate in South America. How about that for some totally useless information.
FlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4530 times:
Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 2): A fruit is the ripened (swollen) ovary of a flower. The ovary ripens when the ovules inside have been fertilized. Seeds of flowering plants always are found inside fruits.
What about courgettes or eggplants? They have seeds on the inside and they are vegetables...
FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4519 times:
It has to do iwh the part of the plant they are. A fruit is something that the plant "produces" such as berries, or tomatoes. Any other part you eat is a vegetable. At least that's how I think of it...I don't know any fruits that grow out of the ground, they are always attached to a leaf or a vine or something, where in some cases a vegetable could be the entire plant.
Fokker Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4498 times:
Completely unscientific on my part, but here goes my opinion. Remember it's just an opinion.
I consider it a fruit if we are inclined to spit out or not eat the seeds for actual nutrition. Watermelon, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini, strawberries, tomatoes, apples, stuff like that.
I consider it a vegetable if we eat the root, leaves, or seeds for nutrition.
Corn, peas, beans, lettuce, carrots, and eggplant.
Using my own philosophy, I will now have to consider peppers a fruit, and not a vegetable. I guess that's why we call it setting the fruit while growing peppers.