8 Foods You Didn't Know Were Fruits

You’ll be surprised to learn that these foods are technically fruits

Pea Pods

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From string beans to snap peas, these podded beans are technically considered fruits. Since they all grow from a flower-based plant, they are categorized as a fruit. 

Cucumber

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As the product of a mature flower ovary with their many seeds and refreshing bite, cucumbers are actually a fruit

Avocados

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Not only is the avocado a fruit, it is actually a single-seeded berry. Fleshy fruits are broken down into two classes: drupes and berries. With their soft innards and produced from a single ovary, they fall into the fruit class of berry

Eggplant

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Who doesn’t love this delicious fruit? Yes that’s right, the eggplant isn’t a vegetable either! Just think about its fleshy texture and seeded insides and you’ll understand why the common kitchen “vegetable” is actually a fruit! 

Tomato

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There is no denying that the tomato has been the core food of the fruit or vegetable debate for a long time. But the proof is in the pudding as they say when it comes to this food. Fitting the criteria of having a ton of seeds and a fleshy inside, tomatoes are in fact categorized as fruits!  

Squash

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Whether you are a fan of summer squash or winter squash, this favored food’s soft insides and many seeds classifies it as a fruit. This even includes pumpkins, of course! 

Peppers

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There is nothing quite like cutting into a fresh pepper. That sharp, savory smell hits you and you’re ready to put this fruit into every dish you have. Though they lack a fleshy inside, their core is full of seeds, making them a definite member of the fruit class. 

Olives

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Grown from a flowery plant, these aromatic, flavorful garnishes are considered a single-seeded fruit, much like the peach is with its tough pit.