“Eating fruits and vegetables” is a very good recommendation for healthy eating, but do we really know what fruits and vegetables are?
Flowers and fruits
From a botanical point of view, the fruit is the structure that protects the seeds of a plant: it corresponds to one of the steps in the reproductive cycle of flowering plants, so to avoid ambiguity, the term is sometimes preferred fruit.
From a gastronomic standpoint, we consider fruits to be those fruits that taste sweet, like apples, or sour, like lemons.
So, there are other fruits that are classified as vegetables due to their flavor characteristics and their use in food. Here are five examples.
It is the fruit of the plant Solanum lycopersicum: If you cut one, you’ll see seeds inside, many of which show that tomatoes – or tomatoes as they are known in Mexico – are a vegetable fruit.
But since it has less sugar content and acidic flavor, it is not sweet and bitter, so for everyday cooking purposes, we consider it a vegetable.
You might not have thought about it, but eggplant is in the same family as tomatoes, eggplant, in this case they are the fruit of the plant Solanum melongena.
Although the seeds here are less pronounced, if you’ve eaten eggplant before you might notice some in the center. Take a look next time and you’ll see that they even have an arrangement pattern similar to that of tomato seeds.
Chili peppers and a lot of peppers are related to tomatoes, and eggplant also belong to eggplant, although they are found in another branch of that family: the hot species is part of the genus Capsicum.
Of course, chili and pepper also contain seeds, many of which are especially hot, because their seeds contain a very irritating compound: Capsaicin.
Of course, its flavor is what makes this vegetable, which we might call “fruits”, to remain in another category of culinary art.
It is not related to any of the previous fruits, but it is related to melons and melons, as they are all part of a family Gourd.
Plant cucumber It is she who produces cucumbers, and due to their non-sweet taste, we use more in salads and consider them vegetables.
Also called avocado, it is a fruit Percy AmericanaAnd the Which in this case contains one seed and is very large.
Tastefully, avocados are used more in salty dishes like guacamole in Mexico or as an accompaniment to other salty foods, such as completion (Sausage) In Chile. Although there are some places where it is common to use it In sweets as in Brazil.
By now you know that any vegetable that contains seeds is a vegetable fruit, although on a daily basis because we use them in the kitchen, we can call them vegetables. What matters is that regardless of its classification, we include it in our daily diet.