Difference between Vegetables and Fruits

Some people like fruits and some like vegetables but the question is do we really know the difference between them. Well do you think Apple is a fruit? Yes and so is Banana but what about cucumber? Is it a vegetable? Well from biological point of view. It’s not a vegetable. Nutritionally speaking in terms of what you should eat daily, the good news is that fruits and vegetables are typically grouped together and you can simply pick your favorites and eat away without completing a science degree. But amazingly many of the foods we refer to as vegetables are actually fruits! For Example do you know that corn, peas, eggplant, cucumbers, bell peppers, beans, tomatoes and squash are all fruits? Well that’s because biologically fruits are the part of flowering plants that contain the seeds and are the means by which such plants disseminate those seeds. Even Nuts are fruits and Grains are also fruits because they are just over sized seeds.

Biological Difference:

Biologically Vegetables are all other parts of the plant which includes the leaves (e.g. lettuce and spinach), stems (e.g. ginger and celery), roots (e.g. carrots and radishes) and even the flower buds (e.g. broccoli and cauliflower). In short we can say that if it is from a plant and has seeds it is a fruit, if it doesn’t it is a vegetable. Culinary Tradition: So Question is why in the do we learn that such things as corn, Cucumbers and peppers are vegetables? Why is that when we shop in the produce section of the grocery store these foods are always found in the veggie section? Well we can only blame it on the culinary traditions where the part of the plant we are eating does not generally matter in terms of its classification but taste does. Fruits are generally sweet tasting and vegetables are more savory and less sweet. So, Fruits are also typically served as part of dessert or as snacks and vegetables are often parts of the main dish. The scientific classification system makes a clear dividing line between fruits and vegetables as described above but the culinary system of classification is considerably more ambiguous. I have always wondered why so many people are confused as to what is a vegetable? And what is a fruit? At least now you needn’t be confused any longer.  
757   07/09/2013

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