By Robert Cox, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent
Botanically speaking, a fruit is a fertilized ovary of a flower, containing seeds protected by a fleshy cover. So tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, okra, green beans, squashes, pumpkins and all types of melons are really fruits, although we may refer to them as vegetables.
Photograph courtesy of Judy Sedbrook.
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010