What is a Veggie?

The question has been brought up many times – What is a veggie? There are some plants that we grow in our veggie gardens that are actually fruits, like tomatoes. But the true meaning of a veggie has been debated for many years.

The word vegetable was first seen in the English language in the 15th century. 1957 was the first time the slang term “veggie” was seen.

Veggies can be classified botanically, culinary, and culturally. Botanical classification is based on seed and skin.Vegetables are plants cultivated for their edible parts (beets, spinach, cauliflower), whereas fruits are the ripened ovaries of a plant (tomatoes, pea pods, and nuts).

Culinary classification is based typically on sugar content. Squash and zucchini are fruits botanically, but they have a lower sugar content and are rarely seen outside of the main courses, as we would typically see fruits, therefore we typically call them vegetables.

Culturally some vegetables can go either way, avocado for example. In some cultures avocado is used as a salad accompaniment and in others it is eaten on its own.

So, as you see, veggies are all around, and the classification is broad and in the gray scale. So my official ruling is that anything we grow and eat is considered a veggie!

So… Do you veggie?

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