DO YOU KNOW YOUR FRUITS FROM YOUR VEGGIES?
In the world of food, there are many plants most people consider vegetables that are actually fruits, botanically speaking.
TOMATOES – FRUIT OR VEGGIE
The most famous example is probably the tomato. Its status as a fruit or a vegetable was so contentious that in 1893 the Supreme Court – yes, the Supreme Court – had to issue a decision that a tomato – is a FRUIT. 🙂 🙂
WHAT DISTINGUISHES FRUITS FROM VEGETABLES
What it comes down to figuring this all out, it isn’t sweetness, but seeds.
“Anything that grows on a plant and is the means by which that plant gets its seeds out into the world is a fruit,” Merriam-Webster dictionary wrote.
An easy way to think about: Fruit is a part that grows off the plant and when we eat vegetables, we eat the plant itself – or some of its parts, like roots, stems, or leaves.
So, get ready for it…take a deep breath…
GREEN BEANS ARE FRUITS
“Fruits are structures that contain seeds,” Toby Adams, director of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, said in an interview. “And a green bean is, basically, a pod that has seeds inside of it.”
What Fruits Think They Are Vegetables?
- Cucumber. Cucumbers are actually part of the cucurbit family, but, given their popularity I thought they deserved a special shout out.
- Peppers – all sorts
- Pumpkin & Squash
- Sweet corn
JUNE IS NATIONAL FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES MONTH
With June being National Fruits and Veggies Month, here are a few ways to enjoy these delicious foods from nature.
It’s a perfect time, because June is when gardens just start bursting with tomatoes, squash, peppers, okra – all the foods that make summer cooking so rewarding.
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