I recently asked Google “What is a vegetable”. I was just killing time, asking a question just to see if Google actually had an answer.

Well… yes, Google had an answer. About 58 million of them, if you can believe the little notation at the top of the first page.

There were two basic answers to my question. One was what I was looking for… “A plant or part of a plant used as food, typically asĀ an accompaniment to meat or fish, such as a cabbage, potato, carrot or bean”.

The other answer pretty much described ME so we will skip it entirely.

This little exercise really captured my interest. I decided to take it a step further.

“What is the difference between a vegetable and a fruit”?

Google took all of 0.46 seconds to reply, telling me that a Fruit is the mature seed-bearing ovary part of a plant and a Vegetable is any edible parts of plants that are not classified otherwise. And of course there were thousands of pages to clarify this statement.

So… a peach is a fruit and no one is going to argue that point.

Then it gets a bit hairy… we all consider eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, etc., to be vegetables. BUT, based on the very precise botanical definition of a fruit, these “things” are actually fruits, not veggies.

Seed-bearing ovary part of a plant. That is what makes these vegetables, er, fruits, FRUITS.

Potato, carrot, celery… using that definition of a fruit, we have to agree that these must be vegetables since they don’t have any seeds inside them.

Now that you fully understand what a vegetable is, here’s a list of the vegetables (and fruits, but not the sweet kind) that we grow here at Brier Ridge:

  • Broccoli
  • Collards
  • Eggplant
  • Mustard
  • Peppers
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes