We all know that a healthy and balanced diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables. However, when it comes to saying what exactly a fruit or vegetable is, not everyone is so clear on it and both terms seem to be included, popularly and sometimes, in that large group of healthy plant foods of which little else matters. However, the truth is that there are differences and they are important.
If you’ve ever wondered: is avocado a fruit or a vegetable? or is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable? and you want to learn more about the difference between fruit and vegetables, join us in this curious Green Ecology article.
Difference between fruit and vegetable – summary
First of all, the first thing that must be said is that the terms fruit and vegetables are not technical nor are they used in botany with the usual meaning given to them when talking about them as food in our daily lives. Once this is clarified, we can move on to the distinction between the two concepts. This is the difference between fruit and vegetables.
- A fruit is the part of the fruit that we eat, that is, the fertilized ovary that the plant creates around the seed or seeds. It’s that simple, the fruit is always part of the fruit and, therefore, always has a reproductive function in the plant.
- A vegetable is any other part of the plant that is not the fruit and that people consume as food. It can be the leaves, the root, the stems, or even the flowers, in all these cases it is considered a vegetable. In fact, if the consumption of leaves, stems, flowers, or roots of any plant became popular, the term vegetable would be immediately applicable. As you can see, it is a very unspecific and quite vague term, useful for day-to-day life but which can lead to many confusion or errors if we want to specify or talk about something technical in the scientific field.