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In this sense, 'fruit' is applied to such seed-envelopes of plants as are edible, either raw or cooked, and are usually sweet, juicy or of a refreshing flavour.

But in common usage, seed-surrounding green beans, eggplants, cucumbers, and corn kernels are called vegetables, not fruits.

Some plant parts commonly called fruits, such a s blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and pineapples, are really conglomerates of numerous little fruits each developed from a separate ovary.

In this Encyclopedia the term fruit is used for these as well as for what are more correctly single fruits." ---New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia, edited by Thomas H.

We include it here because most Americans today use it as a fruit. Culinary applications reasonably argue these plants are vegetables.

Scientific classification...fruits are result in flowers, or have pits/seeds/stones. Culinary application...vegetables are part of the main meal (savory) & fruits are dessert (sweet).

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