Facts about Fruit

A fruit stall in Barcelona
  • In broad terms, a fruit is a structure of a plant that contains its seeds.
  • The term has different meanings dependent on context. 
  • In non-technical usage, such as food preparation, fruit normally means the fleshy seed-associated structures of certain plants that are sweet and edible in the raw state, such as apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, juniper berries and bananas, or the similar-looking structures in other plants, even if they are non-edible or non-sweet in the raw state, such as lemons and olives.
  • Seed-associated structures that do not fit these informal criteria are usually called by other names, such as vegetables, pods, nuts, ears and cones.