Fruits vs Vegetables: Can You Tell Which is Which?
In the battle for plant supremacy—fruits vs vegetables—you always win. Filling up on plants is a big part of a healthy diet. They’re full of healthy phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. And you get a lot of nutritional bang for your caloric buck.
That’s why you’re supposed to get at least two to three cups (455-680 grams) of vegetables and one-and-a-half to two cups (385-455 grams) of fruit per day. But do you know the difference between fruits and vegetables? Can you pick out which vegetables are really fruits in disguise?
It’s harder than you might think to identify the plants that are botanically fruits vs vegetables. That word “botanically” is the key. Plenty of fruits are treated as vegetables in a culinary sense, but what are they from a scientific perspective.
Before you start, here’s a hint to help you distinguish fruits vs vegetables. Botanically, fruits are defined as a ripened ovary (fleshy product of a tree or plant) that contains seeds from one or more flowers. And a vegetable is a plant or part of a plant used as food.
Hopefully those definitions help you out. Now it’s time to try your hand at picking fruits vs vegetables.
Fruit or Vegetable?
You’ve accepted the challenge. Now dive into 20 questions that will strain your brain and test your knowledge of fruits vs vegetables. The questions get harder as you go, and there are some surprises that could trip you up. Track your score, and after you’re done, share your score on social media and brag about your plant knowledge. Then get your friends and family to take the quiz to see if anybody can beat your score.
This one’s a little trickier. Botanically, a tomato is a fruit in the nightshade family—so it’s also a berry. But a tomato is legally a vegetable in the U.S., thanks to an 1893 Supreme Court case about taxes (Nix v. Hedden). For our purposes, it’s a fruit bursting with vitamin C and lycopene.
Did you win the battle of fruits vs vegetables? Or did the nightshade family sink your efforts? Post your score on your favorite social media site. And find out who’s the budding botanist in your life. Share the quiz with your friends and family to see if they can top your score.
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