The ‘Fruit versus Vegetable’ Debate – Does it really matter?

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veggies┬áThis is a tiresome debate, as I’m sure many of you have heard the ongoing babble about what defines a fruit from a freakin’ vegetable. Why? What’s the big deal? Well, the biggest debate I have ever stumbled upon, when concerning this particular subject, is the good ol’ “is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?” By the way, some people consider the tomato to be an oversized berry from an herb (looks more like a weed to me), so go figure…

┬áLets just say, this strange argument doesn’t stop there, as we have the dictionary from the field of botany on one side, the Webster’s dictionary on the other, and the common sense dictions standing on the fence, looking for a place to sit down and eat without all the noise.

Now, in a thumbnail, without being overly elaborate, the same people that say a tomato is a fruit must also say that such things like squash, snap peas, zucchini, pumpkins, jalapenos, bell peppers, etc., are also fruit. Hmm, I just don’t see this next dialogue exchange panning out: “Hey, John… You should really try this fruit juice I’m drinking.” John says, “What’s in it?” Jane says with a smile, “Oh, it is the latest fruit juice craze… It is Jalapeno & Squash juice with a hint of eggplant.” John looks at Jane in a confused manner and mumbles, “That is what you call fruit juice?”

Most people already get the point, I’m sure, but I’m not done yet. I really want to get to the bottom of this silly debate about fruit versus the vegetable crapola…

Okay, before I go any further, I think the proclaimed definitions are what screws up certain overly analytical people on this subject. For one, does it really matter? Secondly, lets change the definition of fruit or perhaps the vegetable or better yet, lets call it all vegetation and be done with it! These things sure as hell ain’t meat products, so we can at least agree on that much. Speaking of such, there are people out there that will argue with you up & down the street, that fish isn’t meat. Well, is sure doesn’t look like a plant, now does it? From here on out, common sense and a semi-functioning brain, needs to be applied, as silly subjects require silly verbiage…

Anyway, back to more pertinent matters:

The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary provides a simple, yet contradicting solution to this problem, with the following… Fruit: 1) a product of plant growth; esp : a usually edible and sweet reproductive body of a seed plant. Vegetable: 2) a usually herbaceous plant grown for an edible part that is usually eaten as part of a meal; also : such an edible part.

From the land of botany, the definitions change a bit… Fruit: 1) the developed ovary of a seed plant with its contents and accessory parts, as the pea pod, tomato, or pineapple. 2) the edible part of a plant developed from a flower, with any accessory tissues, as the peach, mulberry, or banana. Vegetable: A plant cultivated for an edible part, such as the root of the beet, the leaf of spinach, or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower.

Going by the dictionary and the botanists, I can totally see how things got confused. Hey, what about seeds, beans and legumes or potatoes and corn? I eat corn, which is a seed, but they call it grain, which is fine with me… I eat potatoes, which are obviously a vegetable by both versions of definitions (Merrian-Webster & the land of Botany), yet many folks want to call it a starch and act like it is some evil vegetative villain.

I suppose sunflower seeds and nuts also deserve a special category? What gives? Oh, if you say fish isn’t a meat, then I suppose you mean that all cold-blooded life is meatless? Tell that to your local snakes and alligators, as I’m sure they would love to know that they are not considered to have any meat; ha!

…All jokes temporarily set aside, when it comes to what is a fruit, vegetable, grain, etc., does it really matter? Does it not all boil down to silly semantics? It is either vegetation or a meat of some sort; case closed! Now, on another note: I haven’t seen cakes & pies grow from the ground yet nor have I seen Twinkies protrude from other animals, so perhaps there’s a better debate, as in how to properly categorize human junk food, instead of picking on the poor tomatoes… LOL!

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