Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts, such as roots, leaves and stems.
However, many fruits are typically considered vegetables by chefs. This includes such botanical fruits as eggplants, bell peppers and tomatoes.
What’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?
A plant scientist will most likely explain that a “FRUIT” is the part of the plant that develops after an egg is fertilized and then grows into a fleshy container for seeds.
So, to answer the question “IS IT A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE,” you need to ask is, “DOES IT HAVE SEEDS?”
If the answer is yes, then technically, you have a FRUIT. Apples. oranges and watermelon are fruits because they hold the seeds which the plant makes to grow into new plants someday. The little black dots on strawberries are also seeds which makes strawberries a fruit.
Things like radishes, celery, carrots, and lettuce do NOT have seeds so they are called vegetables. Vegetables are any part of the plant that doesn’t have a part in making the seeds that make new plants. VEGETABLES can be leaves (lettuce, cabbage), leaf petioles (celery), specialized leaves (onions), stems (white potato), stems and roots (beets), flowers and their peduncles (broccoli), flower buds (globe artichokes) and or other parts of the plant.
If you are paying attention, you will realize that because of its seeds, a tomato is a fruit, too. Cucumbers, squash, green beans and walnuts all have seeds so they are also fruit.
Fruit Comes From Flowers
All fruits come from flowers, but not all flowers are fruits. A fruit is the mature, or ripened, ovary part of the flower that usually contains seeds.