Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? The answer might surprise you. We commonly refer to tomatoes as vegetables because they’re typically eaten in savory dishes such as salads, soups, sandwiches, and sauces.
But if you think about it from the perspective of the tomato plant, a tomato is most definitely a fruit. (Mind. Blown.) Fruits form after a flower is fertilized through pollination. At this point, the flower’s ovary starts to change and develop into what we call the fruit. Inside the fruit are what we call seeds. Seeds contain embryos—the fertilized part of the flower—which are, essentially, baby plants (aww . . .). Fruits tend to be juicy, soft, and sweet so that animals want to eat them. Once they’re eaten, the animals will often spread the seeds inside the fruit through—you guessed it—their poop. You can think of vegetables, on the other hand, as all the other parts of a plant that we eat, such as leaves, stems, roots, even flowers!
Now that you’ve got some intel on what makes a fruit, well, a fruit, see if you can figure out whether each of these is a fruit or a vegetable. Lettuce begin!