6 Vegetables That Are Fruits

EggplantThere are some fruits that people always mistake for vegetables because, well, they just seem more like vegetables. They’re often more savory than sweet and are used the way vegetables would be used, say in salads or other vegetable dishes.

Fruits always contain seeds and pits, which is what makes all of the foods listed below fruits rather than vegetables. Here are 6 vegetables that are fruits.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a fruit in the nightshade (Solanaceae) family.

Avocados
Avocado is a fruit (technically a berry) from the plant family Lauraceae.

Cucumbers
Cucumbers are a member of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. They develop from a flower and are classified as a fruit.

Squash
All varieties of squash of the genus Cucurbita are classified as fruits. This includes pumpkins, zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, and acorn squash.

Eggplant
Eggplant is a fruit in the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. It is related to tomatoes and potatoes. Interestingly, eggplant is classified as a berry.

Peppers
All peppers, including bell peppers, are fruits of the genus Capsicum. Like eggplant and tomatoes, they are a member of the nightshade family.


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