October 12, 2005
A fruit eaten as a vegetable?
Tomato, cucumber, squash, pumpkin...is it a fruit or a vegetable?
Vegetable: A plant cultivated for an edible part, such as the root of the beet, the leaf of spinach, or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower.
Fruit: The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms. An edible, usually sweet and fleshy form of such a structure.
Tomato: A widely cultivated South American plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) having edible, fleshy, usually red fruit.
Cucumber: A tendril-bearing, climbing or sprawling annual plant (Cucumis sativus) widely cultivated for its edible cylindrical fruit that has a green rind and crisp white flesh. The fruit of this plant, eaten fresh or pickled.
Squash: Any of various tendril-bearing plants of the genus Cucurbita, having fleshy edible fruit with a leathery rind and unisexual flowers. The fruit of any of these plants, eaten as a vegetable.
Pumpkin: A coarse trailing vine (Cucurbita pepo) widely cultivated for its fruit. The large pulpy round fruit of this plant, having a thick, orange-yellow rind and numerous seeds.
Posted by Lisa at October 12, 2005 10:37 AM
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