In Case You Were Still Wondering, An Avocado IS A Fruit

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Have you ever wondered, while making your obligatory Sunday brunch avocado on toast, “What actually is an avocado? Is it a fruit? Or is it a vegetable?”

Considering avocados are most typically used in savoury dishes like guacamole, avocado fries and a whole host of breakfast dishes, it’s likely that you’ve always thought of it as a vegetable. But guess what… (you must know where I’m going with this, surely?) it’s actually a fruit!

Avocado is a fruit!

Now get this: avocados are technically defined as large berries by botanists!

Of course, avocados aren’t sweet like most fruits, but the definition of a fruit, according to Healthline, is “the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food.

Sounds like an avocado to me. They’re fleshy, they come from tress, and boy do they have huge seeds!?

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Now, of course, avocados aren’t sweet, but you can most definitely use them to make a number of sweet dishes, like avocado chocolate mousse, chocolate avocado bread, avocado pancakes. It’s a really versatile ingredient that can make a number of recipes vegan too when swapped in for the likes of cream.

So, next time you’re at a pub quiz and you get a question about whether an avocado is a fruit or a vegetable, you’ll know the answer!

(It’s only fair to give me a share of the prize winnings, don’t you agree?)

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