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.
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.
structures that do not fit these informal criteria are usually called
by other names, such as vegetables, pods, nuts, ears and cones.