How are Fruits and Vegetables classified as Fruits and Vegetables? ?

Basically, what makes certain Fruits considered a Fruit, and why is some Vegetables considered Vegetables?

What makes Fruits different from Vegetables?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In botany, a fruit is the ripened ovary—together with seeds—of a flowering plant. In many species, the fruit incorporates the ripened ovary and the surrounding tissues. Fruits are the means by which flowering plants disseminate seeds. Examples are anything from tomatoes to plums to cucumbers to strawberries.

    In botanical terms, a vegetable is any vegetative part of a plant: root, tuber, stems, rhizome, hypocotol, leaf, petiole, spine, leaflet, tendril, sepal, petal, or bud. Examples are rhubarb to banana leaves to carrots to nasturium flowers.

    In cuisine, when food items are called "fruit", the term is most often used for those plant fruits that are edible and sweet and fleshy, examples of which include plums, apples and oranges. But in cooking, the word fruit may also rarely be loosely applied to other parts of a plant, such as the stems of rhubarb, which are made into sweet pies, but which are not botanically a fruit at all.

    Culinarily speaking for a "vegetable", the term is most often used for those items that are used in savory dishes. In other words, it is things that can be eaten unsweetened or salted.

    Source(s): botanist and interested in cooking
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  • 3 years ago

    What Classifies A Fruit

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Fruits. Bananas are my favorite. btw did you know that tomatoes are the #1 selling fresh fruit? true beans

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  • john h
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    1 decade ago

    The definition of fruit is: The ripened seed-bearing part of a plant when fleshy and edible.

    In other words, a "fruit" is any fleshy material covering a seed or seeds.

    Or you can say, generally a fruit is the edible part of the plant that contains the seeds. So your eggplant, tomato, cucumber and zucchini are fruits.

    The definition of vegetable is: A herbaceous (green and leaf like in appearance or texture) plant cultivated for an edible part, as roots, stems, leaves or flowers. Or you may say a vegetable is the edible stems, leaves, and roots of the plant.

    Some people think rhubarb is a fruit, because it is used to make pies. But, rhubarb is a vegetable.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    The item which can deliver its taste without cooking is considered fruit and which deliver its taste after cooking is vegetable

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  • 1 decade ago

    ? is true scientifically

    commericially fruits are perennials that bear "fruit" every year

    vegetables are annuals (you plant a new crop every year)

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