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Agri View: Genetically, What Is a Fruit?

Dan Agri View, Fruits, Vegetables

geneticallyHave you thought of the tomato as a fruit? What about strawberries, watermelon, or grapes as vegetables? Everett Griner talks about what is genetically considered a fruit or a vegetable. He also lets us know one of the oldest fruits we eat in today’s Agri View.

Genetically, What is a Fruit?

I mentioned something recently about four varieties of potatoes. Wow, did I miss the target. There are over 50 varieties! Here is something else I found out. Nobody has counted the fruits and vegetables, to my knowledge. There are a lot of things most people never considered — two in particular.

Genetically, the tomato you use to slice for your sandwich, cube for your salad or cook with your vegetables, is a fruit (remember now, genetically). The strawberry, the watermelon and the grape are vegetables.

Fruit is mostly grown on trees. The first edible fruit was oranges. They originated in Spain, not California and not Florida.

I read a three-page list of other uncommon and mostly unknown facts about fruits and vegetables, those that everybody eats at one time or another.

Finally, peaches are among the oldest fruits we eat. They go back to the time of Christ.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner…