Is Avocado A Fruit Or Vegetable

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Certain people stand in the grocery store and ask – is avocado a fruit or a vegetable? While it is a fair question, the answer may surprise you!

Is Avocado a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing body that grows from the matured ovary of the flower of a plant. By that definition, an avocado is a fruit, as the large stone in the center of these exotic foods is one large seed. In fact, avocados are considered single-seeded berries, although they don’t look much like your average berry. Avocados are also considered fleshy fruits, like apricots, peaches, plums, and tomatoes.

Avocados are notably different from many other fruits, given its green appearance and earthy taste. For that reason, many people assume that it is a vegetable. That isn’t completely false, as every fruit is technically a vegetable (an edible part of a plant).

Not only are avocados a bit of a mystery in terms of its classification, but they are also surprising in terms of nutrition.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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