Q: Sometimes I see eggplant and tomatoes referred to as fruits. I thought they were vegetables. Can you explain?
A: It is confusing to understand what separates a fruit from a vegetable. The fruit is the part of a flowering plant that develops from the ovaryand contains the seeds. This includes sweet fleshy fruits and some vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, tomatoes, sweet peppers and nuts. Vegetables are herbaceous plants cultivated for food. Different parts of the vegetables are eaten. Examples: the fruit (eggplant), leaves (spinach, cabbage, lettuce), bulb (shallots, onions, fennel), the tuber (potatoes), the germ (soya), or the root (carrots, turnips).