Are You Growing Fruits Or Vegetables? 13 Vegetables We Grow That Are Fruits

I was wondering if they were actually fruits because tomatoes were once called love apples. So I decided to research this.

Are You Growing Fruits Or Vegetables?
Are you growing fruits or vegetables? I grow tomatoes and peppers in my indoor garden.

I was wondering if they were actually fruits because tomatoes were once called love apples. So I decided to research this.

Botanically speaking tomatoes and peppers are actually considered fruits and so are many other common vegetables like cucumbers, squash and eggplant.

So What Exactly Is A Fruit?

So here is a good definition of what a fruit is

In a botanical sense, a fruit is the fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a flowering plant, enclosing the seed or seeds. https://www.britannica.com/science/fruit-plant-reproductive-body

Many Vegetables We Grow Are Actually Fruits

I must admit I was really surprised at how many vegetables that we grow are really fruits.

Maybe my website should be called Indoor Fruit Grower instead of Indoor Vegetable Grower.

So tomatoes and peppers are actually fruit . But many other vegetables are also fruit. Here is how I grow tomatoes

https://www.indoorvegetablegrower.com/dwc-tomatoes/

Sweet Or Savory

Generally most of us consider fruits to be sweet and vegetables to be savory.

But tomatoes can actually have a lot of sugar in them and so can acorn squash (another fruit) and there are others like peas, yes they are considered a fruit too.

13 Vegetables That Are Actually Fruits

1. Tomatoes
2. Peppers
3. Pumpkins
4. Squash
5. Corn
6. Cucumbers
7. Peas
8. Green beans
9. Eggplant
10 .Okra
11. Olives
12. Avocados
13. Zucchini

I must admit I was very surprised that most of the vegetables I grow are really fruits. Are you?

But I also wanted to know why plants do this. I really cant think of anything that nature does for no reason.

As it turns out he reason is really pretty simple. Reproduction.

The outside of the fruit protects the seeds on the inside. So the fruit is actually a means of seed dispersal.

Birds and other animals can eat the fruit and help spread the seeds. So the plants seeds have a chance to not only grow but to grow in a new environment.

So Are You Growing Fruits Or Vegetables?

The simple answer is we are growing both. You have probably heard the expression “the fruits of our labor” and I think that includes vegetables too.