Is eggplant a fruit or vegetable?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    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.

    • Jason5 years agoReport

      To the asker: Wikipedia actually has pretty stringent regulations so far as editing and citing reliable goes. Also, most of the websites cited are reliable.

  • Serena
    Lv 7
    1 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.

  • 1 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.

  • 4 years ago

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    We cook them like they are vegetables, but scientifically, they are fruits.

  • 3 years ago

    One of the most healthy foods are fruits and vegetables. There is not any healthy diet without them!

  • Anonymous
    3 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.

  • 1 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.

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