What is the
difference between a fruit and a vegetable?
When you think of fruits, you probably think of
things like apples, oranges, and strawberries. Vegetables are things
like cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce. Other than the sign at the
grocery store, how do we know a fruit is a fruit and a vegetable is a
A fruit is the part of the plant that has developed
from a flower and has seeds. The function of the fruit is to bear seeds,
which helps in the growth of more plants. That means eggplants,
cucumbers, corn, and peas are really fruit. Believe it or not, even
hard, dry nuts are technically fruit.
Vegetables refer to the edible portions of a plant.
These portions include the leaves (as in lettuce), stalks (celery),
roots (carrots), bulbs (onions), and flowers (broccoli). If you are
arguing that the fruit is an edible portion of the plant, you are right.
The only difference is that the fruit will separate from the plant
eventually, so that the seeds can develop into a new plant.
The common misconception is that the fruit is only
the sweet and soft part of a plant. The rest of the plant is the
vegetable. The tomato I thought was a vegetable is not a vegetable at
all. It is a fruit.
When you try to get your healthy balance of fruits
and vegetables for the day, make sure you know exactly what you are
taking in. A simple rule of thumb is to find out whether it has seeds or
not. If it does, it is probably a fruit.
Both fruits and vegetables are required as part of
your daily diet. Fruits provide you with your daily dose of
antioxidants, vitamin C and all the fiber you need. The nutritious value
of vegetables cannot be ignored either. Vegetables provide you with the
roughage you need in your diet. Vegetables also provide you with
vitamins and proteins. A diet without vegetables will leave you
malnourished and lacking in essential proteins and vitamins. In general,
vegetables have less sugar content compared to fruits. Vegetables also
provide more fiber compared to fruits.