Fruit or Vegetable: Do You Know the Difference?

If you already took the quiz, you may have noticed a common trend. Many of the most common vegetables are technically fruits.

Why so tricky? It’s all about science. A fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower. It’s also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. That means that avocado, beans, peas, corn, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olives, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sunflower seeds and even tomatoes are all fruit.

The other parts of plants (stems, leaves, roots — and even the flower) are considered vegetables. That means celery (stem), lettuce (leaves), cauliflower and broccoli (buds), and beets, carrots and potatoes (roots) are all vegetables.


  1. I used to watch Veggietales and the host was Bob the Tomato, and Larry the Cucumber. Now I know that neither of them are considered vegetables.

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