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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Difference between Fruits and Vegetables

I was reading around on the internet researching peppers and tomatoes (my two biggest crops this year) wondering to myself, "Is a pepper a fruit or a vegetable?" and found a random posting about the difference between fruits and vegetables. Here's what I IMed to myself at home (I can't find the link anymore - [edit: Difference between fruits and vegetables, thanks Andrey!).

I think the fundamental problem here is that people think that the words 'fruit' and 'vegetable' are mutally exclusive.

Here is a dictionary definition of a vegetable:
The edible part of a plant, such as the root of the beet, the leaf of spinach, or the flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower.

And a dictionary definition of a fruit:
The ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant, together with accessory parts, containing the seeds and occurring in a wide variety of forms.

A tomato (or pepper) is an edible part of a plant. It is also a ripened ovary which contains seeds. Therefore it is a fruit AND a vegetable.

I've heard a million things about the difference and people's takes, but based on everything I've read and heard, as far as I'm concerned that's the definitive answer. I would love to hear anyone else's thoughts on the subject.


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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 PM  

  • Is spam a fruit or vegetable?

    By Blogger Brian, at 11:31 PM  

  • Wow. Spammers :) Does it mean your site is getting popular? I don't have spammers probably because my blog sucks :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:39 AM  

  • You're probably refering to this page - Difference between fruits and vegetables

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 AM  

  • I would say Spam is like bacon or ranch dressing or ninjas (who are totally sweet), it's above everything and uncategorizable.

    Unless you mean Spam the assholes who are trying to troll for free links. Not on my watch! It's my own fault, I wanted to get some inbound links so I joined some blog sites, so I knew it would be coming eventually. Oh well...I'll sit here with my phaser and fend them off as they attack.

    PS: Good find Andrey, that is the site!

    By Blogger steve, at 3:01 AM  

  • you know where you can stick those peppers??? yeah you do

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:42 AM  

  • Same place I usually stick them, right in your mother's o-ring. Why do you think I even grow peppers, especially the really big ones. In fact I think I'll go do it again now, she's calling me begging, since her stupid anonymous loser son isn't home to do it for her. And then I'm going to totally flip out, wail on a guitar (which is sweet), scream and headbutt your dog.

    By Blogger steve, at 11:03 AM  

  • Hey, let's not bring mothers into this. My mother hates me anyway. She say's I'm obsesed with ninja's and hippo's. I can't help it if those are the two sweetest things on earth. I mean, just thinking about a ninja and a hippo sitting in a dojo, flipping out at each other, is just so sweet I can't take it.

    Anyway, back to the peppers. I don't like peppers. They're too hot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 AM  

  • Yes, in that regard moms are stupid, they're mutually exclusive from Ninjas, because Ninjas are always totally sweet and moms are not. Imagine if the Ninja and the Hippo had a baby, and it walked around town getting PUMPED and spreading his joy of pumping up others (before killing them of course), and some guy would come up and say "are you a Hinja?" and he would say "no i'm a Nippo you idiot" and totally decapitate the guy for being a stupid moron. Of course the whole time a guitar is wailing in the background but then it fades to the Nippo who is actually the one rocking the guitar, and he gets so excited he almost kicks himself in the face and the guitar explodes and the scene fades out. That was so sweet I think I peed my pants a little.

    By Blogger steve, at 12:33 PM  

  • Also sweet peppers are less hot than hot peppers. But they still taste like peppers. I like hot things, like the 8 babes that are always hanging on my arm, but when they're not around I guess peppers can be a temporary substitute. Flipping out and heaving a ton of ninja stars is a good way to dice peppers.

    By Blogger steve, at 12:35 PM  

  • Hey did we forget about the hippos? Not Nippo's, but regular Hippos. Hippos are sweet too when they flip out.

    Think about it. If you had to fight the ultimate battle against some really really evil dude, like Shredder from teenage mutant ninja turtles, and you could have one animal friend, you would go with the hippo. Why? Why not a tiger or an elephant or something more feirce? Because a tiger will go all wussy on you, and he won't fight unless he's hungry, and elephants may be big, but you have to piss them off to make them fight. On the other hand, hippos are pissed animals and kill people all the time. I'm serious. When they take boat tours in the congo they have to watch out for the hippos because the hippos will attack. And they do kill. Plus, you have to think about the pyschology of the thing. Like if I was shredder and I had to choose who I would fight: a guy who's animal friend was a tiger, a different guy who's animal friend is an elephant, or a guy who's animal friend is a hippo, I would definately stay away from the hippo guy. Because the other guys are like, sane and you could predict what it is they'll do. But the hippo guy, well he's got a hippo. Do you want to mess with a guy who is crazy enough to have a hippo? Hippos weigh tons, and they have giant sweet teeth and are masters of attack and being sly and ninja like. That's why hippos rock. Now if you were fighting underwater though, you would want a sea manatee. Hippos are usless in water because of thier stubby legs. A sea manatee however, can take propeller blades in it's back. In fact, it gets so pumped up from this that it is now an endangered species.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:08 PM  

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