I heard something the other day that actually blew my mind…
A pepper is considered a fruit.
Crazy, right?! That’s not the only thing that shocked me though. So are avocados…and tomatoes…and a whole list of other things that I have been living my whole life thinking were vegetables. If you are ready to have your mind blown, listen up to the science behind what determines a fruit from a vegetable.
First you need to ask yourself this question…”Does it have seeds?” If the answer is yes, botanically – and technically – you have yourself a fruit. Seeds are typically thought of as small, but this isn’t the case all of the time. You know the pit of an avocado? Well that pit is a seed, making an avocado a fruit. Same goes for olives. To summarize, a fruit is part of the plant or tree that we eat, which develops from a flower and contains seeds.
Vegetables on the other hand are either the leaf, root, stem or flower bud from a plant or tree, and do not contain seeds. Vegetables are more obvious to pick out, and include things like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Carrots, etc…
For a fun fact of the day, or to solidify your knowledge when discussing fruits and vegetables, I wanted to share the below lists with you all as I find them quite interesting.
Fruits commonly mistaken as vegetables: Tomatoes, Peppers, Beans, Peapods, Avocado, Squash, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Olives, Corn Kernels, Pumpkins & Nuts.
Typical Veggies: Lettuce (Kale, Spinach, etc…), Beets, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrots, Potatoes, Celery, Cabbage
Another thing I couldn’t believe made the fruit list are nuts. Nuts are technically a fruit that is made up of a hard shell and a seed. Never ever did I think these delicious snacks classified as a fruit. So crazy!
What surprised you all the most?
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