Hubs and I sat on the couch last week, discussing that massive cucumber our neighbor gave us.
“It’s the biggest vegetable I’ve seen, except for a pumpkin,” I said.
“Cucumbers aren’t vegetables – they are fruits,” he replied. “Fruits have seeds inside, like tomatoes.”
I knew tomatoes were fruits, but somehow, I thought they were some kind of freakish exception.
“If cucumbers are fruits, then so are zucchinis,” I laughed kind of nervously. “That’s ridiculous, you’re full of baloney.”*
Blank stare from Hubs.
“If everything with seeds inside is a fruit, then peppers are fruits?!” I’m shrieking now. “Jalapenos are FRUITS? Strawberries have seeds on the OUTSIDE, how are they fruits?!” I felt like that dude in the Matrix. My reality was zipping past me and now I have to live with the knowledge that most things I think are veggies aren’t.
Hubs was right. The difference between botanical fruits and culinary fruits is vast and mind-bending. I should have been paying a little more attention during that whole genus/species session in 7th grade science.
*Possibly not my word of choice, but this is a family show.