Is eggplant a fruit or vegetable?
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
Botanists do not categorize anything as vegetables. According to wikipedia, eggplants are a botanical fruit.
Here is where the confusion lies in this whole fruit/vegetable debate:
There are two definitions for the word "fruit". One definition is scientific, the other is generic. For a botanist, a fruit is the flowering ovary of a plant that contains seeds. A lot of botanical fruits aren't even edible.
To a chef, a fruit is a sweet, edible structure from a plant.
For a botanist, nothing is a vegetable. This is because this word in not part of their nomenclature. Broccoli, corn, carrots, celery, potatoes, etc. are not categorized as vegetables. A botanist could not categorize an eggplant as a vegetable even if they wanted to. A lot of things commonly referred to as "vegetables" are called "herbaceous plants" in botany.
For a chef, a vegetable is a savory plant. Pumpkin and rhubarb are considered both fruit and vegetables in the kitchen. This is because they are used in sweet and savory dishes. Tomatoes are never used in sweet dishes, so they are considered to be vegetables, even though they are botanical fruits.
Eggplants are used in savory dishes, too. For a chef, an eggplant is a vegetable.... for a botanist an eggplant is a fruit.
- SerenaLv 71 decade ago
A fruit is a ripened ovary. The ovary always contains seeds. Therefore, any food that contains seeds is a fruit. Eggplant contains seeds. Therefore, technically, eggplant is a fruit.
Technically, a vegetable is any part of a plant that is not the ripened ovary, like stems and leaves.
However, if you were to ask the regular Joe on the street if it's a fruit or a veggie, he'd say it's a veggie because it's used in savory - not sweet - dishes.
- bunbungirl3Lv 51 decade ago
A Eggplant is a fruit because Eggplant is grown for its fruit which usually has a glossy, dark purple skin. The most common cultivates have a distinctive elongated broad oval shape, gently curving to a wider bottom.
- 5 years ago
an eggplant is a fruit
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- 5 years ago
eggplant is fruit because it is the relative of tomato and considered as a berry.
- 3 years ago
One of the most healthy foods are fruits and vegetables. There is not any healthy diet without them!
- Anonymous3 years ago
Fruits and vegetables have hardly any calories, and they're easy to burn off w/ light exercise. And some vegetables like avocados are high in healthy fats.
- keyscopsLv 51 decade ago
Eggplant also called aubergine is definately a vegetable.
- 6 years ago
Basically it seems to be a fruit for it is recognized as berry.