I know you’ve been wondering, searching high and low to find the difference between the two. It’s really quite simple: a fruit has seeds encased in flesh, produced from a flower, while a vegetable’s seed is found in its flower (the non-scientific definition according to my understanding of the botanical definition).
Generally, our ideas of what makes a fruit a fruit and a vegetable a vegetable is cultural or familial. Someone told us tomatoes and cucumbers are vegetables. After all, we do eat tomatoes and cucumbers in salads. Makes sense, right? Corn is a vegetable too, or is it? Is it the need/preference to cook it that makes us separate fruits from vegetables? Maybe it’s the level of sweetness that sways our categorization.
Botanically speaking, a fruit comes by the pollination of a flowering plant, where its fertilized ovules make seeds at the same time the surrounding ovary creates the fruit tissue. It appears there is no botanical definition of a vegetable, as the term is not botanical; however, I keep coming across “the edible part of a plant” as a pseudo-definition.
Given the definitions, consider these fruits:
It’s funny to think of some of these “vegetables” as fruits, but the facts are their seeds are inside and they originate from their flowers and they grow above the ground. This makes them FRUIT.