I had lunch today with one of my clients and an interesting subject came up. I’m not sure how actually, but the discussion took up most of the lunch hour. What was so interesting, you ask? What is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? Yep, that’s it. I for some reason (and again I’m not sure how it came up) said a tomato and an avocado are fruits because they have seeds. The next question was “what about squash or cucumbers? They have seeds, too.” Um..
A google search using “difference between a fruit and veggie”, “definition of a fruit”, and “is squash a fruit?” were all plugged into the trusty search engine.
Fruit: Ripened ovary together with the seeds of a flowering plant
That is the technical definition of a fruit, so technically anything with a seed is a fruit. Fruits are the means by which a flowering plant disseminate seeds. Nuts are even fruits. Technically the only “vegetables” that are not actually fruits are leaves: lettuce, spinach, etc; roots: carrots, potatoes and bulbs: onions.
So, I really have a fruit garden not a vegetable garden since the only actual vegetable is our brussel sprouts and the cabbage worms have pretty much taken them out of consideration. Neat huh?! One of the guys in the group said he was going to tell his little kid that they don’t have to eat veggies anymore. Just fruit. Sneaky 🙂 Seriously, the better part of the hour was research and discussion on this topic. Haha!