So you went out and picked up a bunch of seeds to grow yourself a little vegetable garden.  You plant peas and cucumbers and some tomatoes and squash.  But it’s not until you’ve read this article that you only now realize that you’re not growing a single vegetable!  Those are all fruits!  You see, according to a botanist (someone that specializes in the study of plants) a fruit is the part of a plant that develops from a flower as well as contains the seed for future offspring.  While vegetables on the other hand, are nearly any other part of the plant; so the stem, buds, leaves and roots are all vegetables.  So technically speaking, corn kernels, cucumbers, grains, nuts, olives, peppers, pumpkin, squash, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, beans, peapods, and avocado.

Celery is the stem of a plant; lettuce is the leaves of a plant, cauliflower and broccoli are both buds of plants while beets, carrots and potatoes are the roots of their respective plants, making them all vegetables.

Typically from a culinary viewpoint you can determine whether one is a fruit or vegetable by its taste alone.  A fruit has a good chance of either being more sweet or tart with bitter seeds than a vegetable which will typically be more savory but can vary greatly in taste.  Both are quite high in fiber and low in calories while some vegetables like beets and potatoes have higher quantities of starch.

We here at growing society want to encourage you to grow vegetables as well as fruits in your garden.  Mix it up!  Branch out!  Try new things and let us know how it goes.

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