I already knew this because years ago doing basic research I found out that a tomato is technically a fruit, not a vegetable. Today while doing other research that led me to finding out once again that a watermelon is a vegetable not a fruit (at least some of the college scientists say) I decided just to play around for fun. When I found this site I thought I would share for those of you interested in the fruit and vegetable boxes.
Another site that looks at it from a botanist and culinary take on what makes it a fruit can be found here.
So if it really comes to how the fruit is produced what makes a watermelon a vegetable?
Well now I guess it depends on which “experts” you look at but I can see why it kind of falls into fruit from the botanist standards of the “having seeds” part and the vegetable standard from the fact that many science articles state that a vegetable is part of the plant that is eaten but not part of the reproduction. Even in this article: Watermelon: Fruit or Vegetable the writer mentions that a botanist would label it a fruit but…there is always a but…
One question asked was this:
“…in some Asian cultures, watermelon rinds are pickled with savory spices and the flesh is used in stir-fries, where it resembles a vegetable. So, is watermelon a fruit in one culture and a vegetable in another?”
Another article that looks at how it is a fruit and a vegetable is here.
So I guess it depends on how you grow it and eat it, but technically it’s a fruit on some level and a vegetable (I guess) on another since it can also be eaten as a vegetable.
Humans–We sure have a way of complicating things. We should probably stop trying to put everything in boxes and just eat it however we want it.