day 20 Who Knew?

You probably knew a tomato is not a vegetable but a fruit. But did you know eggplant was a fruit too? Nooooo. And cucumber. Squash. Even pumpkins. That just blows my mind, that a pumpkin is a fruit. Avocado is a fruit. 

HuffPo sez: Mayo Clinic botanists define fruit as: "the part of the plant that develops from a flower. It's also the section of the plant that contains the seeds. The other parts of plants are considered vegetables. These include the stems, leaves and roots -- and even the flower bud.” I’m not sure I can let go of the idea that a fruit is something juicy and sweet. 

By the way, a banana is a berry. But a strawberry isn’t a berry. Watermelons and tomatoes are berries. Even bell peppers and chili peppers are classified as berries. Here’s the article that explains this one.

Finally, watermelon may be grown in square molds in Japan because it’s easier to stack and store them in that shape. There are heart molds for fun, too, and the small ones cost around $200, large around $350, says this article. 

Watermelon sounds fantastic right around now, actually, and I’ve got a small one rolling around in my fridge right now. Salud!