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Name: Linda B. W.
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Age: 50s
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Date: 12/10/2002

Are grains, such as corn or wheat, classified as a fruit or a vegetable? If neither fruit or vegetable, what are they?

Botanically, the grains/seeds are the fruit of the individual plant. Nutritionally, grains are referred to as vegetables.

Anthony Brach, Ph.D

The general definition for a fruit is a part of the plant that bears the seed. So when you eat the corn kernels you are eating the seeds, but if it is corn on the cob, the cob is the fruit. Anything that bears a seed is a fruit, i.e., tomato, apple, green pepper, nutshells, etc. Vegetables are the parts of the plant that do not have anything to do with reproduction (although plant cells are totipotent-they can regenerate a new plant if conditions are correct). But anyway-example of vegetables are roots, stems and leaves. So lettuce, carrots, potatoes are true vegetables. I believe that some fruits were legally classified as vegetables in the past because tariffs and taxes were lower on vegetables!

Van Hoeck

Most grains are seeds -- corn, wheat, oats, barley -- of various types of grasses.

Vince Calder

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