Definition of Vegetable and Fruit ~ Kwentology

What is the Difference Between a Fruit and a Vegetable?

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Pumpkins, apples, peaches, cucumbers. Which are fruits and which are vegetables? It may seem like an easy question, but the scientific answer may surprise you.
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To a botanist (a scientist who studies plants), they're all fruits. A fruit is the part of a plant that grew from a flower. It contains seeds that can turn into a new plant. The seed can be a single large one, as in an avocado, or they can be many small ones, the kind you find in a cucumber, squash, or an orange.

What is a vegetable? Vegetables are the parts of a plant that you can eat. You can eat the roots (carrots), tubers (potatoes), leaves (spinach), or stems (celery). So the next time an adult tells you to eat your squash because vegetables are good for you, you can say, "You mean eat your fruit!"

Seeing RED: Tomatoes Go to Court

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According to scientists, tomatoes are fruits because they have seeds. But thanks to a 1893 U.S. Supreme Court decision, tomatoes are vegetables.

The court ruled that it didn't matter what scientists said. People think of tomatoes as vegetables and eat them with the main part of dinner. Fruits, the Court said, are eaten as dessert, well, then, it's got to be a vegetable.

What's More About Tomatoes?

In 1987, Arkansas named the tomato the official state fruit and the official state vegetable.

Kwento Quiz — TRY IT!

According to scientists, which of the following are fruits and which are vegetables? The answer are hidden down below.

1. Cantaloupe
2. Zucchini
3. Lettuce
4. Coconut
5. Asparagus
6. Eggplant
7. Turnip
8. Olive
9. Corn
10. Cabbage
Find Out The Answers:
Fruits: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9;
Vegetables: 3, 5, 7, 10
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