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Fruit Vs. Vegetable – What Are The Differences?

Both fruit and vegetables are healthy for you to eat and you are encouraged to eat more of them throughout the day. Most people can name different fruits and vegetables but can they tell you why a fruit is a fruit and a vegetable is a vegetable?

 

What is a Fruit?

Fruit

A fruit is simply the mature ovary of a seed plant. Fruit is usually developed from a flower and they will have seeds to that they can reproduce more fruit. Examples of fruit include apples, berries, oranges and mangos.

There are some fruits that are ambiguous and many people do not really know if they are a vegetable or a fruit. These include tomatoes, avocados and olives.

 

What is a Vegetable?

Vegetable

A vegetable is a plant or plant part that is edible, meaning you can eat it. Most vegetables do have seeds. Common vegetables include peppers, green beans and corn.

 

Taste

Most fruit is sweet. It can be tart or have bitter seeds but overall they are sweet, being high in natural sugar. Vegetables are not sweet and each vegetable will have a distinct taste. Vegetables cannot be classified as sweet, bitter or salty.

Fruit vs Vegetable comparison chart:

Fruit

Vegetable

  • Usually developed from a flower and they will have seeds to that they can reproduce more fruit.
  • Edible plant or plant part.
  • Examples include apples, oranges, berries.
  • Examples include green beans, peppers, corn.
  • Sweet tasting and high in natural sugar.
  • Each vegetable has a distinct flavor, not sweet, bitter or salty.

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