Did you know these vegetables are actually fruits?
First Published 8, Oct 2020, 5:05 PM
Here are five foods that you thought were vegetables but are actually fruits
Think you know your fruits from your vegetables? You’ll be surprised. There are many fruits in the plant kingdom that are often mistaken as vegetables.
Now, this simply means that some foods may be classified as fruits biologically but are often used as vegetables in savoury dishes and hence the confusion.
In botanical terms, a fruit is basically a seed-bearing part of a plant that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all the other parts of a plant such as its roots, leaves and the stems. Therefore, it is not really necessary that fruits are sweet and vegetables are savoury.
So, if you didn’t know, here are five foods that you thought were vegetables but are actually fruits.
Tomatoes: This is one of the most commonly mistaken ingredients. It's true. Tomatoes are actually fruits. They develop from the ovary located at the base of the flower, and also contain the seeds of the plant.
Eggplant/Brinjal: If you cut open an eggplant and look closely, it contains several tiny seeds embedded in its flesh which makes it a berry and not a vegetable.
Bell peppers: Bell peppers are actually fruits and so are cucumbers, green beans and red chillies! The bell pepper is the only member of the Capsicum family that does not produce capsaicin which is known to cause a burning sensation.
Pumpkin: Well, it surely looks too huge to be a fruit, but pumpkin is. It contains seeds just like other fruits and in fact has a subtle sweetish flavour too which it derives from the plant. In fact, pumpkins are also popularly used to make both sweet and savoury muffins.
Avocado: The creamy avocado comes close to being a fruit and it is actually one. Scientifically speaking, it is a single-seed berry. According to University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources, the fruit refers to the matured ovary of a flower.