Thursday, September 12, 2013

Are chili peppers fruits or vegetables?

Technically, it's both. 

A vegetable is defined as being the edible portion of a plant, 

which could be leaves (like lettuce or spinach), roots (like 

potatoes or radishes), seeds (like sunflower or pumpkin 

seeds), or the part of the plant that contains the seed 

producing ovaries of the plant.

But, a fruit is specifically defined as being the edible part of 

a plant that contains the seed producing ovaries. By that 

definition, things that we normally think of as being 

vegetables (like cucumbers, squashes, tomatoes, and even 

peppers) are actually the fruits of their respective plants.

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