Nutrition

Difference between fruits and vegetables.

Have you ever heard the rumor that tomatoes are really fruits? If so, you may also have wondered about a larger question:

Botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruits because they contain seeds. Any seed-bearing structure produced by a flowering plant is a fruit. Apples, cherries, oranges, peaches, and raspberries are fruits. So are foods that we think of as vegetables, such as zucchinis, green beans, bell peppers, and pumpkins. But the term vegetable also includes plant parts that don’t contain seeds, such as spinach leaves, carrot roots, and Brussels sprouts. Unlike fruits, vegetables do not have a botanical definition— just a culinary one. That is, foods that we consider vegetables may come from any part of a plant, but they are typically used in salty or savory dishes, not sweet ones.

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