The Most Surprising Fruits Commonly Mistaken for Vegetables
Looks (and tastes) can be deceiving when it comes to categorizing fruits and vegetables. Many varieties of produce that are traditionally treated as vegetables are actually fruits. Check out the most unexpected "vegetables" that are really fruits.
This superfood, often used in salads or guacamole in the U.S., features a center pit (the seed). In certain cultures, avocado is actually served as a fruit and used in desserts such as Vietnam's Sinh To Bo, an avocado milkshake, or Indonesia's version with chocolate syrup.
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Considered a berry, this fleshy fruit with many seeds is often prepared as Eggplant Parmesan, breaded with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce -- a most unassuming way to eat a fruit.
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When you consider that this seeded salad essential is used to make salty and sour pickles, it becomes especially shocking that it is considered a fruit.
While a tomato is scientifically a fruit and part of the berry family, the Supreme Court once ruled that they are vegetables for trade purposes in the 1893 case of Nix v. Hedden in which a tomato importer believed that he need not pay the import duty on vegetables because tomatoes are fruits.
To treat tomatoes as fruits in your kitchen, try a great tomato jam.
All varieties of squash, from zucchini to spaghetti squash, are technically fruits, but butternut squash's sweet flavor makes it one of the most common types to be treated as a fruit in dishes such as Roasted Squash Soup with Maple-Glazed Bananas.
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From the mild and sweet to the super spicy, peppers are seedy and thus categorized as fruit. In ever-popular bell peppers, green and red varieties emerge from the same plant. Immature green peppers sweeten over time and become the sweeter red peppers.
Merriam-Webster defines "fruit" as "the usually edible reproductive body of a seed plant." Most often, these seed plants are sweet and enjoyed as dessert (think berries and melons), but some surprising plant varieties with a savory flavor are also considered fruits due to their seeded nature. From eggplants, commonly seasoned and served as vegetables, to olives with their oily texture and salty flavor, unexpected fruits are all around us.