Difference Between Fruit and Vegetable


Main Difference

Fruits are the mature ovary seed of a flowering plant that is consumed as food by humans and other living organisms. The angiosperm or flowering plants possess seed that is matured and become fruits after ripening. On the other hand, vegetables are the food consumed from any part of the plant. It is specifically used by humans as their meals and is often cooked, fried, boiled or baked before consuming. Vegetables are different from fruits and nuts but do include some grain and pulses.

Comparison Chart

Ripened seed ovaries of the flowering plants are regarded as fruits.All sort of edible part of the plant except the seed ovary is termed as a vegetable.
Presence of Seed
Fruits always contain seeds whether inside or outside.Seeds are absent in all kinds of vegetables.
Gained from
Seeds of flowering plants, Angiosperms.No flowering and flowering plants both. Even from lower plants and fields.
Most of the fruits possess sweet luscious taste, whereas many are bitter and sour too.Vegetables are no sweet like fruits, but some are sweet, some are neutral with no specific taste classification.
Fruits are very much high in sugar and possess a variety of natural vitamins in them. They are high in fiber and low in fats.Vegetables are fiber enriched. Green vegetables possess a high amount of iron. Some are high in sugar such as potato etc.
Fruits are always consumed directly once there are ripped completely. They do not involve any cooking or undergo any boiling.Vegetables most of the times are used to cooking, in the fried or boiled form. Whereas the use of vegetables as salads does not involve cooking.

What is Fruit?

Fruits are the ripened ovary seeds of the flowering or angiosperm plants. In other words, we can say that fruits are edible, that is obtained from the flower or a flowering portion of the plant. Fruits do possess seeds inside them. Some fruits like strawberries have their seed outside of their body. Fruits are high in sugar and rich in fiber. Fruits possess a variety of useful natural occurring vitamins in it. Most kinds of fruits are sweet in nature, whereas various possess sour and bitter taste as well. Fruits are consumed directly once they are ripped. They are not cooked or boiled like vegetables.

What is Vegetable?

Vegetables are also the edible parts of the plants other than the seed ovaries of flowering plants. A vegetable can be obtained from a flowering plant, non-flowering plants, lower plants, fields, etc. Vegetables are of various sizes and shapes. They are also high fiber enriched and possess low fats. Vegetables are considered as an essential food as the part of the perfect diet. Vegetables are eaten all around the globe as permanent part of the human meal. Vegetables, unlike fruits, do not possess specific sweet or salty taste like fruits, and they cannot be classified in any taste category. Vegetables are consumed directly as salads only. Mostly they are used for cooking or boiling. The edible parts of plants such as roots, leaves, and flower buds are commonly different vegetables. Green vegetables like spinach etc. are enriched with natural iron too.

Fruit vs. Vegetable

  • Fruits are mature ovary seeds of a flowering plant.
  • Vegetables are the edible part of plants other than ovary seed.
  • Fruits are consumed
  • Vegetables are more often consumed after cooking or boiling.
  • Fruits are sweet, sour and bitter in taste.
  • Vegetables cannot be classified by
  • Fruits and Vegetables both are low in fats and calories and rich in fiber.
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