Is Avocado a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Avocado is afruit.

More specifically, it’s a large berry with a single seed.

Although it’s not nearly as sweet as many other fruits, it falls under the definition of fruit, which is “the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food” (1).

Avocados grow on trees in warmer climates but are native to Mexico. They have a creamy and smooth texture and are covered by a bumpy, thick, dark green or blackish skin.

Half of a small avocado (68 grams) is considered one serving. It contains 109 calories and is packed with healthy fats and nutrients (2,3,4).

You can read more about the benefits of eating avocadosin this article.

Bottom Line:The avocado is a fruit. It’s a single-seeded berry that grows on trees in warmer climates but is native to Mexico.

How Can You Distinguish Between Fruits and Vegetables?

Both fruits and vegetables come from plants, and it can be hard to distinguish between them.

In fact, there is no formal way to do so. However, the main botanical difference is from which part of the plant they originate (5,6).

While fruits develop from a plant’s flower and often contain seeds, vegetables usually consist of the stalks, flower buds, roots or leaves.

Although these guidelines are not set in stone, they should be sufficient to distinguish between fruits and vegetables most of the time.

Bottom Line:Fruits originate from plant parts that develop from flowers and contain seeds. Vegetables originate from plant stems, leaves and roots.

Other Fruits Commonly Considered Vegetables

Avocados are not the only fruit you might think is a vegetable.

While the difference is often clear, many fruits are commonly mistaken for vegetables.

These include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchinis
  • Pumpkins
  • Peppers
  • Butternut squash
  • Olives
  • Eggplants
  • String beans

Bottom Line:There are a few fruits that are generally thought to be vegetables. These include cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and string beans.

How to Add Avocados to Your Diet

Avocados are commonly used to make guacamole.

This is done by simply mashing the avocado with lemon juice and adding other optional ingredients such as onion, cilantro, chili and tomato.

Avocados can also be eaten raw. With a little bit of salt and pepper, they taste delicious.

They also make a great topping for any salad. Because of theirhigh fat content, they help you absorb vitamins from other vegetables in the meal (7).

Furthermore, their smooth and creamy texture makes them a great choice for puddings or smoothies.

Lastly, avocados can be used as areplacement for buttereither as a spread or in baking.

Bottom Line: Avocados can be eaten raw or made into guacamole and puddings. You can also add them salads, recipes and smoothies.

Take Home Message

Despite often being confused for a vegetable and eaten in salads, avocados are technically a fruit.

Photo Credit: Steven Lilley/Flickr

68 comments

Siyus C
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing

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Telica R
Telica Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Rhonda B
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noted

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Christine V
Christine Vabout a year ago

Wow, would have never guessed.

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Winn A
Winn Aabout a year ago

Thanks

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Marija M
Marija Mabout a year ago

interesting, tks

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Graham P
Graham Pabout a year ago

So now you know. Good info and surprising that the named list are fruit and not vegetables. Thanks.

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Mona M
Mona Mabout a year ago

Thank you, a fruit growing on a beautiful tree.

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Patricia L
Patricia Labout a year ago

Ty

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