How to tell a fruit from a vegetable 2017-06-06T14:27:54+00:00
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How to tell a Fruit from a Vegetable?

Tips from Farmer Chris

rhubarb

“Is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable?”

“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 crops 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’!

Please don’t have any sleepless nights worrying about the difference between a fruit and a vegetable, and just remember this one golden rule:

“An edible plant can be categorised as a fruit if it has seeds, but if it is seedless, it is generally a vegetable!”

Top 10 fruits commonly mistaken as vegetables!

happy aubergine

1) Peapods

2) Aubergine

3) Olives

4) Butternut Squash

5) Pumpkin

6) Pepper

7) Avocado

8) Courgette

9) Cucumber

10) Tomato

More Food for Thought!

laid back banana

The nut is a fruit!

A mushroom isn’t a vegetable or a plant but is part of the fungi kingdom!

A seed can look like a pip (as found in a tomato) or a stone (like in an avocado)!

Sweetcorn is a grain like wheat or barley, but can also be classified as fruit (as each kernel is an ovary) or a vegetable!