Olives are classified as a fruit. Olives are from the genus Olea and the species europa. The genus Olea contains approximately 20 species. Only one species in this genus, europa, produces edible olives and the oil consumed from these olives.
Canned olives come in two distinct types: ripe and green ripe. Ripe olives have been treated and oxidized to produce a dark brown to black color. Green ripe olives are those that have not been oxidized in processing and come in various shades of green. Olive were originally brought from southern Europe to the United States via Mexico in the 18th century. As of September 2014, California is the only U.S. state to produce olives commercially.Learn More
Nuts belong to the protein food group. In general usage, the term "nut" is defined as a dry fruit with a hard shell and a seed that is usually edible. Botanical nuts on the other hand, refer only to the ones that do not open to release the seed.Full Answer >
Legumes are found in two food groups according to the USDA: the vegetable group and the meat and beans group. Legumes are the seedpod (or fruit) of various beans and peas, the most popular being peanuts, alfalfa and asparagus.Full Answer >
Technically, cucumbers are fruit. In the world of botany, the part of a plant that develops from the flower and bears the plant's seeds are fruit, and cucumbers qualify on both counts.Full Answer >
The potato is a starchy vegetable. Potatoes originated in the Andes Mountain areas of South America. They were carried around the world by European seafarers.Full Answer >