Aug 30 2018


Fruits and vegetables are pleasant to look at, also they perfect the art of garnishing. But the big question is, what is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable?

Vegetables are defined as the parts of a plant that are edible and can form a part of a meal. Fruits, on the other hand, are the seed-bearing parts in flowering plants formed from ovaries with some edible.

The slight difference is, all vegetables are edible but some fruits are not.So it is quite understandable to mismatch what might be a fruit rather than a vegetable in its categorization.

Here are 5 fruits we still call vegetables:


Tomato is scientifically known as Solanum lycopersicum and is often confused as a vegetable despite technically being a fruit.It mainly consists of carbohydrate, fibre in its 5% with a water content of around 95%. The fruit which is native to South America has Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin K1, Folate (B9) and protein.The health benefits of tomato include good heart condition, cancer prevention and good skin care.


Scientifically Abelmoschus esculentus, okra is known in some parts of the world as ladies fingers.The green fruit has fibre, folate and vitamin K. Despite not getting the vote by many, the nutritional content of okra and its uniqueness makes it a great ingredient to work with.


Don’t get any funny thoughts. Just know that cucumber is a fruit and not a vegetable.It promotes hydration, consist of antioxidants, high nutritional values, ability to lower blood sugar and help in weight loss which make it a favourite in the world of cooking and eating.Cucumber is one of the cool kids on the block of fruits.


Chili pepper is hot. Note, it’s a fruit and not a vegetable.Nutritional value includes vitamin C and significant amounts of provitamin A beta-carotene.

Turkey berries

You probably didn’t know that ‘kwawu susua’, ‘abedro’ or ‘kantose’ as called by many in Ghana, has turkey berries as its ‘English name’.What you also didn’t know is, it’s actually a fruit and not a vegetable.Grandmothers have told tales of how this could be the one route to good health and truly so. Turkey berries’ health benefits include treatment of anaemia, treatment of indigestion and diarrhoea, prevention of intestinal worms and treatment of diabetes.


Known as aubergine and melongene, eggplant has a popping and vibrant dark purple colour.Eating eggplant has proven to boost overall health with key focus on heart health, blood cholesterol, cancer and liver health.Just one more thing. Eggplant is a fruit, not a vegetable.

    Telande World