Botanists have categorized fresh produce from plants as fruits and vegetables. However, some of the fruits and vegetables are mislabeled because some of the fruits are technically vegetables and some of the vegetables are technically fruits. Read on to know more about it.
The way plant produce is categorized differs the way botanists and consumers perceive it. This is precisely the reason why some of the fruits that develop from the ovary of a flowering plant and the vegetable that are practically all the other parts of the plant are labeled vice versa. Here are the 10 plant products that are categorized wrongly.
Rhubarb. It is actually a perennial vegetable which is otherwise enjoyed as a tasty fruit and is used in many dessert preparations. This is because, only its stem or stalk is edible and the roots and leaves of rhubarb contain oxalic acid, which is toxic to kidneys.
Grape leaves. Yes, the grape is a fruit but parts of the grapevine are eaten as vegetables. In Greek and Persian cooking grapevine leaves are stuffed with seasoned rice and meat to prepare popular preparations.
Avocados. To clear out the unending debate, avocado is actually a fruit, which is a single-seeded and an oversized berry.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes are technically a fruit as they contain seeds.
Green beans. Green beans are one of the most popular vegetables that are eaten for their high protein content (unlike other vegetables) and are enjoyed with even the fanciest of the food preparations. Botanically speaking, green beans are fruits as they contain seeds.
Corn. Most of the grains are classified as fruits as they originate from seed or flower of a plant. However, corn is an exception and is one unique food product that can be classified both as a fruit and a vegetable. If the corn is enjoyed on a cob it can be considered as a vegetable but the individual corn kernels are viewed as grain or a fruit of the corn plant.
Watermelon. Much like gourds, watermelon is technically a vegetable belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family.
Eggplant. These are botanically classified as berries because of the presence of tiny edible seeds in it.
Okra. This vegetable is also a fruit as a pod of okra contains seeds which are the potential source of making new plants.
Olives. Olives may be used in savory preparations but they are actually a fruit as they are formed from the ovary and the pits in it bear the seed.