Many people aren’t familiar with the difference between the two. In terms of structure, taste and nutrition, there are many differences between fruits and vegetables.
Botanically, the two are classified based on which part of the plant they come from. A fruit develops from the flower of the plant and vegetables from other parts of the plant. Fruits contain seeds and vegetables consist of roots, stems and leaves.
From a culinary point of view, they both are classified based on taste. Fruits are considered to be sweet and are used in desserts, juices or snacks. Vegetables have a more savoury taste and are usually eaten as part of a dish or main course.
There are several plants that are technically fruits but are often classified as vegetables because of their taste. Tomatoes are the best example. Botanically, tomatoes are fruits but are commonly referred to as vegetables because of their flavour profile.
Some other examples of fruits that are mistaken for vegetables are
- Pea pods