The most famous example is probably the tomato. Its status as a fruit or a vegetable was so contentious that in 1893 the Supreme Court had to weigh in and settle the issue once and for all.
It's that logic that prompted the Supreme Court to declare in 1893 that tomatoes should be taxed like other vegetables.
Every kind of pepper, from the bell pepper to the jalapeño, fits the bill as a fruit and not a vegetable.
Anyone who's carved a jack-o-lantern for Halloween knows that pumpkins are full of seeds. Pumpkins and all other gourds are technically fruits, not vegetables.
Speaking of gourds, cucumbers are an unexpected member of that family, too. Will you ever look at pickles the same way again?
Technically, peas aren't the fruit here, but the pods are. That's because they contain the seeds — the peas — that the plant uses to reproduce.
That's right, one of America's favorite vegetables is really a fruit in disguise.
Not only are eggplants fruits, they're technically classified as a berry.
Packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, okra is one of the most nutritious fruits out there.
You probably don't think of olives as a fruit, but that's exactly what they are. Specifically, they're considered a stone fruit, like peaches, mangoes, and dates.
Although it doesn't seem like a fruit, avocados are actually single-seeded berries.
Those kernels are the seeds that corn plants use to reproduce, so that qualifies corn as a dry fruit.
Zucchinis are a member of the gourd family, meaning just like cucumbers and pumpkins, they're considered a type of berry.
Just like peas, beans are a member of the legume family — they're seeds that come in pods, and that makes them fruit.
Another common legume is chickpeas or garbanzo beans. We usually don't see them inside their pods, but chickpeas are classified the same way as peas and beans.
The scientific usage of the term "berry" differs from common usage. In scientific terminology, a berry is a fruit produced from the ovary of a single flower in which the outer layer of the ovary wall develops into an edible fleshy portion (pericarp). The definition includes many fruits that are not commonly known as berries, such as grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, bananas, and chili peppers. Fruits excluded by the botanical definition include strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, which are aggregate fruits; and mulberries, which are multiple fruits. A plant bearing berries is said to be bacciferous or baccate.
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