Fruit vs. Vegetable

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Main Difference

The main difference between Fruit and Vegetable is that the Fruit is a part of a flowering plant and Vegetable is a edible plant or part of a plant, involved in cooking (opposed to Q3314483).

  • Fruit

    In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants (also known as angiosperms) formed from the ovary after flowering.

    Fruits are the means by which angiosperms disseminate seeds. Edible fruits, in particular, have propagated with the movements of humans and animals in a symbiotic relationship as a means for seed dispersal and nutrition; in fact, humans and many animals have become dependent on fruits as a source of food. Accordingly, fruits account for a substantial fraction of the world’s agricultural output, and some (such as the apple and the pomegranate) have acquired extensive cultural and symbolic meanings.

    In common language usage, “fruit” normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of a plant that are sweet or sour, and edible in the raw state, such as apples, bananas, grapes, lemons, oranges, and strawberries. On the other hand, in botanical usage, “fruit” includes many structures that are not commonly called “fruits”, such as bean pods, corn kernels, tomatoes, and wheat grains. The section of a fungus that produces spores is also called a fruiting body.

  • Vegetable

    Vegetables are parts of plants that are consumed by humans as food as part of a meal. The original meaning is still commonly used and is applied to plants collectively to refer to all edible plant matter, including the flowers, fruits, stems, leaves, roots, and seeds. The alternate definition of the term vegetable is applied somewhat arbitrarily, often by culinary and cultural tradition. It may exclude foods derived from some plants that are fruits, nuts, and cereal grains, but include fruits from others such as tomatoes and courgettes and seeds such as pulses.

    Originally, vegetables were collected from the wild by hunter-gatherers and entered cultivation in several parts of the world, probably during the period 10,000 BC to 7,000 BC, when a new agricultural way of life developed. At first, plants which grew locally would have been cultivated, but as time went on, trade brought exotic crops from elsewhere to add to domestic types. Nowadays, most vegetables are grown all over the world as climate permits, and crops may be cultivated in protected environments in less suitable locations. China is the largest producer of vegetables and global trade in agricultural products allows consumers to purchase vegetables grown in faraway countries. The scale of production varies from subsistence farmers supplying the needs of their family for food, to agribusinesses with vast acreages of single-product crops. Depending on the type of vegetable concerned, harvesting the crop is followed by grading, storing, processing, and marketing.

    Vegetables can be eaten either raw or cooked and play an important role in human nutrition, being mostly low in fat and carbohydrates, but high in vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Many nutritionists encourage people to consume plenty of fruit and vegetables, five or more portions a day often being recommended.

  • Fruit (noun)

    The seed-bearing part of a plant, often edible, colourful/colorful and fragrant, produced from a floral ovary after fertilization.

    “While cucumber is technically a fruit, one would not usually use it to make jam.”

  • Fruit (noun)

    Any sweet, edible part of a plant that resembles seed-bearing fruit, even if it does not develop from a floral ovary; also used in a technically imprecise sense for some sweet or sweetish vegetables, such as rhubarb, that resemble a true fruit or are used in cookery as if they were a fruit.

    “Fruit salad is a simple way of making fruits into a dessert.”

  • Fruit (noun)

    An end result, effect, or consequence; advantageous or disadvantageous result.

    “His long nights in the office eventually bore fruit when his business boomed and he was given a raise.”

  • Fruit (noun)

    Offspring from a sexual union.

    “Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”

    “The litter was the fruit of the union between our whippet and their terrier.”

  • Fruit (noun)

    A homosexual or effeminate man.

  • Fruit (noun)

    }} Of, pertaining to, or having fruit; of living things producing or consuming fruit.

  • Fruit (verb)

    To produce fruit, seeds, or spores.

  • Vegetable (noun)

    Any plant.

  • Vegetable (noun)

    A plant raised for some edible part of it, such as the leaves, roots, fruit or flowers, but excluding any plant considered to be a fruit, grain, or spice in the culinary sense.


  • Vegetable (noun)

    The edible part of such a plant.


  • Vegetable (noun)

    A person whose brain (or, infrequently, body) has been damaged so that they cannot interact with the surrounding environment; a brain-dead person.


  • Vegetable (adjective)

    Of or relating to plants.

  • Vegetable (adjective)

    Of or relating to vegetables.


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