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The Definition of Vegetable Part 1

  • In my previous post, I wrote something like “eggplant is a vegetable,” but a commenter pointed out that “eggplant is a fruit.”

    野菜の定義 Part 1

    Thanks to this comment, I noticed an interesting fact that the definitions of vegetable and fruit are different depending on the country/region.

    Actually, there are no clear definitions between them in most countries including Japan, but many Japanese people believe that eggplant is a vegetable.
    この指摘のおかげで、国によって野菜 (vegetable) と果物 (fruit) の境界が異なるという興味深い事実に気が付きました。

    According to the classification proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, herbaceous plants are vegetables, and plants grown on trees are fruits.

    Therefore, tomato, watermelon, melon, and strawberry are classified as vegetable, though foreigners might not believe it.

    Continue to Part 2.

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