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Fruit or vegetable?

efi kazantzidou efi at trefi.demon.co.uk
Fri Jan 24 19:18:50 EST 1997


In article <tnb1-2201971344250001 at 132.236.10.69>, Thomas Bjorkman
<tnb1 at cornell.edu> writes
>In article <32e4f1b1.146184486 at news.ucdavis.edu>, vrg at post1.com (Veronica)
>wrote:
>
>> I think it's important to see this in the appropriate context.  The
>> word "fruit" has at least two contexts (there are others, but two that
>> are relevant here): a technical botanical context and a culinary
>> context; "vegetable" is strictly a culinary term with no botanical
>> meaning.  
>
>This is the essential point.  There is also a third context: commodity
>group.  For statistical reporting, some things are sorted in unexpected
>ways.  Because they are grown as annuals, strawberries are grouped with
>vegetables in the agricultural statistics.  It makes sense for the ag
>economists, even though it is not sensible in the other contexts.
>
>There is also a third category: grain.  Sweet corn is a vegetable
>(commoditywise) but field corn is a grain.  Soybean is a grain unless it
>is sold green (edible soybean) which is a vegetable.  Dry beans are on the
>line between grains and vegetables, whereas green beans in the same
>species are certainly vegetables [perhaps because you eat the whole fruit
>{bean pod} and not just the seed:-)?]

Hi There,

Well this looks like a somewhere needing a laugh  - according to the EU, a
CARROT is a FRUIT, that is because it is used in some German and Polish
traditional jams, which by regulation may only contain fruit!  Easier to change
the laws of nature than the jam !

Trevor Fenning.



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