Quiz: Is It a Fruit or a Vegetable?
Is It a Fruit or a Vegetable?
By: Khadija L.
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About This Quiz

What is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? Often times what we think are fruits or vegetables are really the opposite, and it leaves us wondering if we were paying attention when we were being taught back in primary school.

Botanically speaking, a fruit is a fleshy seed-bearing food that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant. Vegetables, on the other hand, are parts of the plant, whether they be leaves, stems or roots. In culinary terms, many fruits fall under the umbrella of vegetables even though they are not, which often confuses people. These "crossovers" include bell peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and cucumbers.

The fruit versus vegetable controversy has been going on for so long that in 1893, the United States Supreme Court case Nix. v. Hedden had to step in to determine whether tomatoes should be taxed as vegetables or cucumbers.

How well do you know the difference between fruits and vegetables? Well in this quiz, you will be given images of a series of these types of foods and your job is to guess which of the food groups they fall into. Will you be able to tell whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Take this quiz to find out!

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