Corn is considered by many to be either a vegetable or a grain, but botanists actually classify corn (or more specifically, the kernels) as fruit.
Corn belongs to the Poacae family of flowering plants. A fruit is a part of a plant that develops from the end of a flower, whereas vegetables are considered to be any other part of the plant (stalks, roots and leaves). Corn kernels are produced from the top of the stalk where pollen is produced. This type of fruit is called a "caryopsis." Wheat, rice and other cereal grains in the Poacae family are also considered fruits.Learn More
The best way to tell if a passion fruit is ripe is by looking at the fruit's skin color; a purple-skinned passion fruit is considered to be ripe. If the passion fruit's skin has any green tint to it, it is not ripe yet. For the best-tasting passion fruit, wait until the skin wrinkles a bit, as the fruit will have a sweeter flavor.Full Answer >
Pumpkins are considered to be a fruit. Botanists consider fruits to be the portion of a plant that forms from a flower and also the part of a plant that contains seeds. Stems, leaves, roots and even flower buds are considered to be vegetables.Full Answer >
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One ear of sweet corn has approximately 59 calories after it is boiled and drained, according to Calorie King. Only four of these calories are from fat.Full Answer >