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  •  What is a fruit or a vegitable? (4+ / 0-)

    The seven continents is just a holdover from the past. Most geologist refer to six large distinct land masses.

    My subject line refers to the old 'a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable'. The problem is, there really isn't a term 'vegetable' in botany. A cucumber is a fruit, so are eggplants and jalapeno peppers. Sorry, just one of my pet peeves.

    Four out five sock puppets agree

    by se portland on Sun Dec 05, 2010 at 10:21:02 AM PST

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    •  Totally agree with you! (0+ / 0-)

      It gets even more dicey with sweet potatoes, which are a tuber that can be made into a pie, which is a dessert.

      Human beings are just plain weird!

    •  I got this one..... (0+ / 0-)

      Botanically the definitions of fruit/vegetable are anatomical, not related to taste.

      A fruit is a plant part which is the product of a flower and which actually or potentially bears seeds.

      Tomatos are fruit.  Bananas, although seedless, are the product of a flower, so fruit.

      A vegetable is any other edible plant part.

      So a sweet potato, being a tuber not a seedbearing structure, is a vegetable.

      Baz

      We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

      by bmcphail on Mon Dec 06, 2010 at 09:30:14 AM PST

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