"We all know, I think, that a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable. It’s the sort of amazing fact printed on cereal boxes to amuse and entertain children with very low standards. The distinction is, so I fuzzily recall, that fruit are part of reproduction, whereas a vegetable is any other botanical bit we eat. Thus, fruit have seeds inside, veg don’t — veg can be leaves (cabbage), roots (parsnip) or buds (sprouts).
The plot, however, thickened when I was cutting up strawberries — one of the few consolations for an English ‘summer’ — and idly wondered what the hell they were, since the seeds were on the outside. Being the sort of know-it-all who watches QI1 I was also aware that many berries were not, technically and botanically speaking, berries. A blackberry, for example, is actually an aggregate fruit composed of drupelets (little flesh bits with just one seed inside). Impress your friends with that. So I was prepared for a shock, but not the magnitude of what I actually found." READ