Fruits are the ovary of a plant, while vegetables are any other edible part of a plant that does not contain seeds.
The answer to this question is actually a bit complicated, thanks to some disagreements among botanists about the term “vegetable” and the efforts of the grocery industry, which have further clouded the difference between fruits and vegetables. Some examples of fruits include well-known specimens like apricots, cherries, blueberries, and apples, but tomatoes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and zucchini are also considered to be fruits botanically, even though many people refer to these fruits as “vegetables” because they are savory, rather than sweet.
The difference between fruits and vegetables should be fairly clear now; basically, if it has seeds, it's a fruit, and if it doesn't, it's a vegetable. Some botanists also dislike the term “vegetable,” because they consider it rather vague and imprecise, and they would prefer it if crops were not arbitrarily broken up into the categories of fruits and vegetables. I am teaching TEFL in Thailand to young children and this week it's about fruit and vegetables. If somebody knows more about plants than me and I say something completely wrong (like corn and pinecone being related) I'm just going on hunches.
Anyone who thinks bananas don't have seeds or that zucchinis are vegetables should take a class in plant terminology and you will learn that bananas do have seeds, but that they are all clones and can no longer be grown from seed, and that zucchinis are fruits. Why do people read a scientifically factual article and then try to figure half-cocked, unscientific ways to disprove said article? I find it amazing that, despite how clearly this article explains the differences - both in grocery terms and in technicality - that people would still argue. Cruciferous vegetables including soybeans, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, bok choy, cabbage, watercress and brussel sprouts all contain toxic anti-metabolic substances.
All cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens- a substance that interrupts thyroid function by inhibiting the formation of the thyroid hormone, leading to a slower metabolism.
Not to mention, they also contain Unsaturated Fats that hinder our protein breakdown and again, the formation of the thyroid hormone. They also contain Oxalic acid which when consumed, bonds with other metals such as calcium to form oxalate crystals. You may ask-why even eat these vegetables if I can’t eat them raw and cooking them destroys their nutrients?
Now that’s not to say, that an occasional kale salad or favorite cruciferous veggies dipped in hummus, is going to cause your body to fall apart.
Studies have shown that serving raw vegetables or vegetable soup as an appetizer increases children’s veggie consumption. This entry was posted in Kids Nutrition and tagged Dina Rose, Vegetable by Hemi Weingarten.


Simply put, a fruit is the ovary of a plant, which means that it may contain seeds, while a vegetable is a plant part, which does not contain seeds, although some vegetables may be used in plant reproduction.
This is the result of convenience labeling used in the grocery industry, where fruits and vegetables are differentiated on the basis of whether they are sweet or savory, rather than with the use of any firm botanical criteria. Broccoli, for example is a vegetable which appears in the form of a flower, while celery is a stalk vegetable, and celeriac is a root vegetable. However, there are some interesting little facts about fruit which may interest you; for example, all nuts are technically fruits, in addition to being classified as nuts, because they are plant ovaries. However, this nomenclature is likely here to stay, imperfect as it may be, so botanical sticklers may want to get used to hearing “fruits and vegetables” when produce is under discussion.
Imagine trying to classify all the types of music in existence today into rock and pop - it wouldn't work. I don't understand why it bothers people so much to have to rethink a completely irrelevant part of their lives.
But did you know that some vegetables-when eaten raw, are in fact the complete opposite of healthy? Oxalates are another antinutrient that contribute to an aggravated gut and to add to that, kidney stones. But it’s safe to say that cooking some vegetables may be a better decision for your health in the long run. Vegetables like potatoes are technically tubers, not roots, meaning that they are specially designed plant structures which store nutrients for the parent plant; tubers are also capable of budding into new plants. In the case of nuts, instead of eating the fleshy casing which surrounds the seed, we eat the seed. A fruit is a sub-category of vegetable in that it is any vegetable which contains seeds on the edible part. Perennial plants, like trees, brushes, and vines were fruit-baring because the original plant goes through a dormant cycle and then bears fruit again. But none the less what ever you call it it still does the same thing and serves the same purpose. The part of the pineapple that we eat doesn't contain the seeds but pineapple is the reproductive part of the plant.
If it's sweet or sour and generally not cooked like apples, lemons, etc., it's a fruit only. There are herbaceous banana plants, herbaceous referring to the stalk of the plant, but they are botanically a fruit.


I shudder to think of the day some people need to re-evaluate religion or politics, when they can't even reevaluate edible plant products.
There are options of cooking methods that reduce the effects of these substances, although some believe this defeats the purpose of absorbing all of the essential nutrients these veggies have to offer.
All marks, brands and names belong to the respective companies and manufacturers and are used solely to identify the companies and products. While the vegetables plants were annual, because the original plant dies and the seeds create a new plant. If it has seeds but it's savory, not sweet, and generally cooked like beans, corn, tomato, etc., it's a fruit and a vegetable. While cooking vegetables may scale down some of its nutrients–it also increases the bioavailability of other nutrients. Cooking indeed lowers the antioxidant levels in some vegetables, but it actually increases it in others. Sometimes I think corn and pine cones have to be somehow related because I have a sample of an eaten corn on the cob and a sample of what I think is left over of a pine cone after an animal ate the scales. Studies have also shown that cooking these veggies can lower the harmful effects by nearly 90 percent. Not to mention, that cooking also depletes the water content creating less volume thus leaving room to cook and consume more veggies and ultimately more nutrients.
Legumes and berries and nuts (although it depends on the nut) are individual sub-categories of a fruit, which, as I stated, is a sub-category of a vegetable, therefore making them vegetables.
There are plenty of green fruits that no one usually considers to be a vegetable while many fruits also do not taste sweet. Remember, the grocery store isn't the business of botany; they are in the business of food.
A strawberry and a pea pod are both botanical fruits, but are completely different from the perspective of how we eat them.



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