DISCLAIMER Everything you thought you knew about definitions of “fruits” and “vegetables” may be upended by reading this thread.
It’s like taking the blue pill or the red pill - once you take the red pill you can never go back to the way things were…
“fruit, the fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a flowering plant, enclosing the seed or seeds. Thus, apricots, bananas, and grapes, as well as bean pods, corn grains, tomatoes, cucumbers, and (in their shells) acorns and almonds, are all technically fruits.”
“A vegetable is the edible portion of a plant. Vegetables are usually grouped according to the portion of the plant that is eaten such as leaves (lettuce), stem (celery), roots (carrot), tubers (potato), bulbs (onion) and flowers (broccoli).”
Add to this that figs are technically flowers and as such would technically be classified as vegetables…
LET’S INCREASE THE CONFUSION!!!
" There are two specific types of berries that characterize certain taxonomic groups. The leathery-rinded berry of citrus fruits (genus Citrus) is called a hesperidium. The elongated tough-skinned fruits of the family Cucurbitaceae, including watermelons, cucumbers, and gourds, are a type of berry referred to as pepos.
Any small fleshy fruit is popularly called a berry, especially if it is edible. Raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, for example, are not true berries but are aggregate fruits—fruits that consist of a number of smaller fruits. Cranberries and blueberries, however, are true botanical berries. "
But wait! Berries are supposed to be small right? Pawpaws are actually berries, sometimes weighing around 1 kilogram.