Friday, August 22, 2008

Random Poll Friday!

Are watermelons a fruit or a vegetable? Yes, that question has come up recently. When we had someone over for dinner. What's the vote?

7 comments:

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Botanically speaking. . . .

The fruit is the mature, ripened ovary from a flower. Therefore, any garden item that comes from a flower (and generally has seeds) is therefore, technically, a fruit. So watermelon is a certainly a fruit. As are tomatoes and cucumbers. Vegetables are things that come from OTHER edible plant parts--leaves, stalks, roots, tubers and so forth.

The misnomer comes from thinking that vegetables are savory and fruits are sweet. Though the cherry tomatoes Plantboy has been harvesting this week are so sweet that they definitely earn "fruit" status any way you look at it.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

Excuse the two "therefores" in that awful second paragraph.

Hanna said...

I voted fruit, but I'll admit that the very fact that you ASKED the question made me think that you must know something I don't know and it must indeed be a vegetable. Luckily, I read the comments first and decided that the previous commentor knew her stuff. :)

Doreen said...

It's Oklahoma's State Vegetable. LOL!

Doreen said...

STM, not as bad as me commenting on your last post, haha! I don't know what kind of fog my brain was in...

Sabrina said...

Fruit, right? Now I'm wondering!

tearese said...

fruit, because its not the stem, leaf, root,flower, etc. Duh.