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How is produce classified as fruits or vegatables? In other words, what makes a fruit a fruit and what makes a vegetable a vegetable.

 
keisha613

Asked by keisha613 at 7:57 PM on Jan. 23, 2011 in Food & Drink

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  • Technically there is no such thing as a vegetable. That is a culinary term. Biologically plants produce a fruit. The culinary designation is that a fruit has seeds, but not vegetables. That isn't really accurate either because of tomatoes and bell peppers.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 8:03 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • fruit has seeds, veggies don't
    Lornamay

    Answer by Lornamay at 8:00 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • i was going to say one is on a tree and the other is in the ground, but now that i think about it, i don't know! squash is above ground and still a veggie and a raspberry is not on a tree and still a fruit. that's a good question!
    itzmyzoo

    Answer by itzmyzoo at 8:02 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • I take my answer back, the tomatoes seeds make it a fruit, but still doesn't make sense :)
    Lornamay

    Answer by Lornamay at 8:05 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • The answer is based on the parts of the plant involved. Basically, fruits are developed from flowers, vegetables aren't.


    Here is a list of fruits many people consider to be vegetables:



    • Tomatoes

    • Pumpkins

    • Cucumbers

    • Squash and zucchini

    • Peppers (all types!)

    • Avocado


    Here's the link I found info at...


    http://hubpages.com/hub/Difference-between-fruit-and-vegetable

    ghostwriter777

    Answer by ghostwriter777 at 8:10 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • This might help:

    http://www.sciencebob.com/questions/q-tomato_fruit_vegetable.php
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 8:10 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Fruits have seeds and skins, like apples, tomatoes, cucumbers.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:12 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • A fruit ripens off the vine where as a vegetable does not.

    luvmygrlz

    Answer by luvmygrlz at 8:34 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • What about squash and Eggplant, both have seeds?
    keisha613

    Comment by keisha613 (original poster) at 8:02 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

  • Good answers! Thanks!
    keisha613

    Comment by keisha613 (original poster) at 8:19 PM on Jan. 23, 2011

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