“Don’t get your fruits and vegetables in a pickle!”
It is very easy to get your fruit and vegetables mixed up. As both a farmer and shop keeper I tend to categorise crops by how my customers label them, so have been known to be a bit loose with my definitions when asked!
Botanically speaking, a fruit is the part of a plant that develops from the flower and contains the seeds (e.g. apples and tomatoes); while a vegetable can be any other part of a plant including the leaves (e.g. lettuce and spinach), roots (e.g. carrots and radishes), stems (e.g. ginger and celery) and even flower buds (e.g. broccoli and cauliflower).
That said, some produce is not always what we think. For instant, the main crop I grow on the farm are Strawberries, which are technically not fruits but a plant structure called a ‘fleshy receptacle’ on which the fruits sit! And to confuse matters more, the dry one seeded fruits that spectacle the surface of the strawberry are technically not called a fruit but an ‘achene’!