Teaching Tuesday: Fruit or Vegetable? (Special April Fools' Edition!)

Posted by:Lindsay S. Nixon Category: Cooking101

I couldn't think of a more appropriate Teaching Tuesday for April Fools' Day!

Believe it or not, certain fruits are being mistaken for vegetables! Talk about an identity crisis!

According to science (or botany, if you want to get super specific), a fruit "is a part of a flowering plant that derives from specific tissues of the flower, one or more ovaries, and in some cases accessory tissues."

But when it comes to the culinary world, a fruit "is usually any sweet-tasting plant product, especially those associated with seeds." (Source)

Now that you know the basics, let's see if you really know your fruits from your veggies ;)

Cucumber: A cucumber is known as an "accessory fruit". That makes sense because it's the perfect accessory in a salad or wrap!

Avocado: The pit is a dead giveaway that this "veggie" is a fruit.

Eggplant: I had no idea that an eggplant is considered to be a berry. Either way, it's still on my "yuck" list ;)

Peppers: I mentioned this in the Teaching Tuesday: Bell Peppers post, but I think it's worth mentioning again that sweet or spicy, a pepper's a fruit!

Tomato: The most famous impostor of them all!

Okra: Yep, it's a fruit, and a "snotty" one at that. I do love it in my gumbo, though!

Squash: Zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, etc. are just like a cucumber. In fact they're both members of the gourd family, which explains why they're both fruits.

Olives: Of all the fruits on this list, I was most surprised by olives. I guess I forgot they grow on tress.

Which fruit surprised you the most?

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