Thursday, May 29, 2008

Fruits

I am not an expert in fruits but since the primary school days, I am always of the belief that the watermelon is a fruit, that is what the teachers taught us. During art classes, on the subject of fruits, I have always drawn watermelons alongside the common fruits such as apples, pears, and oranges; the teachers do not protest to my drawings.

It was only today that in my reading, that I realised how wrong I was, and for such a long time. A health article I read highlighted that contrary to popular perceptions, the watermelon is not a fruits but a vegetable, which is belongs to the same family as the cucumber, pumpkins and squash.

The same article also highlighted that strawberry is not a fruit or a berry but the enlarged receptacle of the strawberry flower.

It is such a revelation to me; after eating so many watermelons and strawberries in my lifetime, that I do not know that they are not really fruits!

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