Fruits just make life better. They are usually sweet, refreshing, and tasty. But what exactly is a fruit? Tomatoes are fruits. So are cucumbers and avocados. But you don’t typically consider them to fall in that category. As it turns out, scientifically speaking, a fruit is simply the part of a plant or tree that contains seeds. So, if it has seeds, it’s a fruit. But then what is a vegetable? Well, “vegetable” is actually not a scientific term at all. It’s a culinary term. This means that a proper scientist would divide the parts of a plant into fruits, roots, stalk, leaves, etc. while your grandma would most likely divide the plant into fruits and vegetables (the fruits being the sweet part and the vegetables being everything else). So, now you know all about fruits and vegetables and you can impress your friends with your new found knowledge. But get ready to learn a lot more. Because if you come from the west, there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of very tasty fruits that you have never heard of. Today we’re going to dive into a world of tasty goodness with 25 sweet facts about fruits that you never knew.
Apples, peaches, and raspberries are all members of the rose family
Oranges actually have less vitamin C than many other fruits including guava, lychee, kiwi, strawberries, and pineapples
Coffee beans are actually not beans. They are fruit pits
Grapes explode if you put them in the microwave
The tomato is the world's most popular fruit
Grapefruits have been known to lethally interact with certain prescription medications
Cucumbers are actually fruits
The color orange was named after the fruit and not vice versa. Before that it was called "geoluread", meaning "yellow-red".
The Coco De Mer Palm tree is responsible for the world's largest fruit which weighs around 42 kg (92 lbs).
Pomology is the study of fruits
So you already know that tomatoes and cucumbers are fruits, but did you know that scientifically speaking, beans, avocados, sunflower seeds, lettuce leaves, and broccoli buds are too? This is because a fruit is the part of a plant that develops from a flower and contains the seeds. The other parts of the plant are considered vegetables
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