Last Updated on by Adrienne
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.”
So this tasty bunch of green beans and cherry tomatoes that have been kissed with olive oil and are ready to be roasted are – FRUIT SALAD.
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.