Is it a fruit or vegetable?

United States
May 14, 2010 8:14pm CST
Watermelons! Most notable summer time snack. Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Most sources classify it as a fruit because it bears seeds. However, Oklahoma considers the watermelon as their state VEGETABLE.. So cast your vote here. Is it a fruit or veggie? And to further this discussion: If bearing seeds makes it a fruit then does that mean that the seedLESS watermelon is a veggie?
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
15 May 10
Hey wtl! I have never heard of a watermelon referred to as a vegetable! Now this to me is going to far! I have always thought of it as a fruit! I don't care if it has seeds or not! There are plenty of veggies that have seeds and plenty that don't! What does seeds have to do with it? I think they consider tomatoes a fruit? I still don't get that either! But, a watermelon? Nope! I'm not going for that one! Then is a zucchini a fruit? Nope! Not going for that either! Where do these people get this stuff!
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• United States
15 May 10
Do zuchinis have seeds?
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@Opal26 (17686)
• United States
15 May 10
Yup! They sure do and I loves them! And they are veggies and I won't let anyone tell me any different!lol
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• United States
15 May 10
ok they are veggies as produce manager at our local grocery I display our zuchinis (and other squash) with the veggies but the watermelons go with the fruit. right next to the cantalope and honeydew
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• Canada
15 May 10
FRUIT! Is a cucumber a fruit, too?
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• United States
15 May 10
yup a cucumber is a fruit!
• United States
15 May 10
I didn't know what the answer was all I know is I love it and it is my favorite snack of the moment. However you got me curious so here is what I found: Watermelon, the fruit that is really a Vegetable. Watermelon can be traced back to Africa and is part of the cucumber and squash family. Early watermelons were mainly rind and seeds. Today's varieties are larger, the flesh sweeter, the seeds smaller and the rind thinner. It is perhaps the most refreshing, thirst quenching fruit of all. Watermelon consists of 92% water and 8% sugar, so it is aptly named. Americans eat over 17 lbs of watermelon each year. The largest one on world record (Guinness Book of World Records) weighed 262 pounds. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/month/watermelon.html
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• United States
15 May 10
Hmmm... That is interesting. I'd say it's a fruit, because as you said, it has seeds. The seedless watermelon, I believe, is also a fruit because, even though it doesn't have seeds, it doesn't actually exist in nature that way; it's altered to grow without seeds. Is that right? I think that's right, but I could be wrong. I'd still call it a fruit, though.
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• United States
15 May 10
Well I was just informed that they do actually have seeds. They pick them before the seeds have time to mature into the black seeds that we are all familiar with. So technically they DO have seeds even though they are called seedless
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• United States
15 May 10
Huh. Never mind. I take that back. I just looked it up, and it is, indeed, a vegetable. The thing I read claims that it's related to the cucumber, squash and pumpkin plants, and is most definitely a vegetable. Interesting.
• United States
15 May 10
could you tell us what your source was? here it is a fruit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630165707.htm
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
5 Jan 11
Hmm, Good question. I have always thought of it as a fruit. When I pick up watermelon it is in the fruit section at the grocery store and it is sweet like fruit. Then again, tomatoes are considered a fruit here and I always consider them a vegetable. My guess would be that if Oklahoma made them the State vegetable then they must know what they are doing. Now you have gotten my curiosity up. I will have to do some research on this. I don't even remember why they considered the tomato a fruit and not a vege. hmmm.
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• United States
5 Jan 11
the tomato is a fruit because it has seeds inside I am the produce manager of a grocery store I should know if things are fruits or vegetables, right? So why wasnt I aware of the fact that watermelon is a vegetable? *scrathches head* Its a fruit dang it!!! LOL
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
5 Jan 11
Ya...it has seeds. So then why are they declaring watermelon as the State Vegetable. I think you should go and set them straight.
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@LadyDD (519)
• Romania
16 May 10
I think watermelon is a fruit just because it is used as such like any other fruit. Watermelons cannot be cooked like a vegetable does, as far as I know. Nor can it be used as a salad with any dressing to be served with other foods. But we can serve the watermelon as or in a fruit salad. Then if a fruit in the botanical sense, such as tomatoes,is used as a vegetable, I think also the case of watermelon is that when a vegetable in the botanical sense is used as a fruit.
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• United States
16 May 10
well actually.... watermelons can be cooked in soup and other things it can also be used in salads with dressings
@LadyDD (519)
• Romania
16 May 10
It may be right but not in my country. As a matter of fact I don't see the utility of cooking the watermelon, it's a kind of nonsense for me. Maybe because it's not a habit in my native place.
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@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
15 May 10
hi wonttakelong, Watermelon is a fruit,it is not vegitable,though its cover is green,it is not meant for cooking nobody will cook food with water melong,it is meant for eating as pieces and make the juice from the pieces and take as juice,really it is good for health in summer,have a nice day
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• United States
15 May 10
actually people do cook watermelon here is a recipe for watermelon soup http://homecooking.about.com/od/soups/r/blss144.htm
@yugasini (12836)
• Anantapur, India
16 May 10
hi wonttakelong, thanks for the response,sorry that i does not know people are cooking with the watermelon,here in our place no body is cooking watermelon,it was used only for eating making juice ,you have also send a link,i will see the link and find how to cook the watermelon,have a nice day
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@eileenleyva (14991)
• Philippines
15 May 10
wont, watermelon is a fruit. It is a summer fruit. It is watery or juicy enough to quench the parched throat momentarily. Health wise, it actually provides only liquid in the body. I have stopped confusing myself whether what I am eating is a fruit or a vegetable. If it is leafy, I call it veggie. If it is seedy, I call it fruit. So, eggplant, okra, squash, string beans, mango, grapes, cucumber and so on are fruits to me. In my country, we call watermelon pakwan.
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@pabreen (237)
• Philippines
15 May 10
I think the watermelon that they are referring as vegetable is the variety that grows in one of the provinces of the cordilleras which can be cooked and included in a soup and the watermelon which is considered the summer fruit has a red refreshing alkaline juice extract when placed in a blender.
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@eileenleyva (14991)
• Philippines
15 May 10
The unripe watermelon? We also use that for sinigang sa pakwan. Good stew!
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@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
17 May 10
That is interesting. We have always been taught it was a fruit. We had always been taught that tomatoes were a vegetable, but they are teaching that as a fruit.
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• United States
17 May 10
we were taught that if it has seeds inside then its a fruit
• United States
16 May 10
Hey!..the watermelon is a gourd like pumpkin and squash, so its a vegetable despite its fruity taste..Enjoy!
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• United States
16 May 10
pumpkins and squash are both fruit!
• Philippines
15 May 10
No. not because it is sweets flavor and has refreshing qualities it is considered as fruit. Watermelons is member of cucurbitaceae plant family of gourds related to a cucumber,squash, and pumpkin. It is planted from a seeds or seedlings, harvested. and then cleared in the field like other vegetables.
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• United States
15 May 10
cucumbers, gourds and squash are fruits!
@kielogs (188)
• Philippines
15 May 10
Definitely a fruit. I am more concerned with the fact that tomato is a more argumentative topic whether it is a fruit or a vegetable.
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• United States
15 May 10
the tomato is definately a fruit!
@tessah (6621)
• United States
15 May 10
thats a tricky one. cucumbers and squash also bear seeds as well as a plethora of others.. and are considered vegetables. watermelon grows the same as them.. and is considered a fruit.. same as a tomato is technically a fruit as well. so really.. who knows? o.O
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• United States
15 May 10
cucumbers and squash are fruit just like the tomato
• New Zealand
15 May 10
Watermelons are neither fruit or vegetables. They're fregetables. The watermelon is the flower of the watermelon plant and holds seeds: fruit. However the watermelon is also part of the cucurbitaceous plant family of gourds and is related to squash and cucumber: vegetable. It exhibits characteristics of both fruit and vegetables. IT is also treated as a fruit and vegetable. In North America , they treat it as fruit. They eat it with their deserts. However in China , it is stir fried and stewed. Therefore it is a FREGETABLE! FREGETABLLLLLLLLLLLLE!
• United States
15 May 10
FREGETABLE! I like that!!
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@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
15 May 10
Watermelon from what I know is classified as a fruit because it cannot be mix in stew or any cooked viand. The only thing I know which is classified as both fruit and vegetable is TOMATO, botanically tomato is a fruit, scientifically a vegetable. Watermelon did not fall in this category, so it is purely a fruit no doubt about it.
• United States
15 May 10
actually watermelon can be made into soup
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
15 May 10
LOL--I've always considered watermelons as fruit whether seedless or not. One could think of "seedless" grapes or tomatoes as veggies then, no? Uh, would that make tomatoes fruits then since they have seeds? How about avocados???? Don't have seeds but large pits and are considered veggies, aren't they? I'm confused
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• United States
15 May 10
Great! now you have me wondering about the grapes yes tomatos are fruits large pits are seeds so pitted things are fruits which means avacados are fruits
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@Xansus (946)
• Bulgaria
5 Jan 11
Beside all the points until now :P I can just say its sweet and then its fruit :) Keep the talking and throw me 3-4 watermelons i will watch and eat it even if you consider it garbage :D
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@dorannmwin (36656)
• United States
22 Dec 10
I say that they are a fruit because of the fact that they do have seeds that are within the edible flesh of the fruit. That said, I also think that seedless watermelons are also a fruit because they have been genetically altered to not have the mature seeds within them that most watermelons have. However, I've never in my life cut into a seedless watermelon that didn't have at least a few immature seeds in the flesh.
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@mari123 (1862)
• China
4 Nov 10
Watermelons is a fruit,because it can be eaten raw and have many water content
31 Oct 10
It's a fruit. I didn't know people considered it to be a vegetable, I really don't see why people would. You get seedless grapes but they're still a fruit, many fruits have alternative which are seedless and there's a real reason why vegetables are that as they're very much different. To me a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable, I really don't get where the debate is about these things.
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