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14 Vegetables That Are Actually…Fruits.

Wait…WHAT?! My mind is blown with most of these.


Even though tomatoes are technically a fruit, it doesn’t stop people from treating it and most of the other foods on this list as a vegetable.


Every kind of pepper, from the bell pepper to the jalapeño, fits the bill as a fruit and not a vegetable.


Anyone who’s carved a jack-o-lantern for Halloween knows that pumpkins are full of seeds. Pumpkins and all other gourds are technically fruits, not vegetables.


Speaking of gourds, cucumbers are an unexpected member of that family, too. Will you ever look at pickles the same way again?


Technically, peas aren’t the fruit here, but the pods are. That’s because they contain the seeds — the peas — that the plant uses to reproduce.

String beans

That’s right, one of America’s favorite vegetables is really a fruit in disguise.


Not only are eggplants fruits, they’re technically classified as a berry.


Packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, okra is one of the most nutritious fruits out there.


You probably don’t think of olives as a fruit, but that’s exactly what they are. Specifically, they’re considered a stone fruit, like peaches, mangoes, and dates.


Although it doesn’t seem like a fruit, avocados are actually single-seeded berries.


Corn is treated like a grain in agriculture and like a vegetable in the kitchen. But scientifically, neither of those categories are right.

Those kernels are the seeds that corn plants use to reproduce, so that qualifies corn as a dry fruit.


Zucchinis are a member of the gourd family, meaning just like cucumbers and pumpkins, they’re considered a type of berry.

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