THERE ARE MANY PLANTS MOST PEOPLE CONSIDER VEGETABLES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FRUITS

Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable? What’s the answer? You may call it a vegetable, but it’s a fruit. In the world of food, there are many plants most people consider vegetables that are actually fruits, botanically speaking.

A fruit develops from a flower part of a plant and consists seeds. On the other hand, vegetables are other edible parts of plants such as leaves, stems or roots.

STRING BEAN

String bean or green beans have been cultivated for more than 7000 years. Although we have known green bean such long time, most of us think that it’s a vegetable. But, botanically green bean is a fruit.

RED PEPPER

Can you find any relation between bell peppers and fruits? It may seem difficult. But, from the biological perspective, bell peppers are fruits. They are also not spicy but contain little sweetness. This sweetness varies by the color. Bell peppers are available in Green, yellow, orange, red colors. The red is the sweetest and green has a bitter taste. Yellow and orange bell peppers are little sweeter than the green bell peppers.

CORN

Each corn kernel is an ovary that contains a single seed. Since the ovary wall is directly fused to the layer surrounding that seed, it lacks the fleshy middle and dries out easily. These fruits are known as caryopses, or grains. So, yes, a fruit can also be a grain.

CUCUMBERS

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Cucumbers are fruit in the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, which also includes watermelon and cantaloupe (among others). Loaded with seeds, this commonly used food ingredient is often mistaken to be a vegetable when it is actually a fruit.

TOMATOES

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Tomatoes, which also hail from the Solanaceae family, are probably the best-known example of a fruit often mistaken for a vegetable. But like so many other foods on this list, they’re really only considered fruit if you’re asking botanists. In 1893, for example, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were vegetables in a case over high import taxes on vegetables.

Source: themysteriousworld, timesofindia, mentalfloss

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