Fruit? Vegetable? Herb?
ecoscoll at ux4.cso.uiuc.edu
Sun Mar 5 22:42:18 EST 1995
Lester Young (youngl at hort.cri.nz) wrote:
: OK, here's a new, but related quandry; how would you categorise a fig
: (the bit you eat)? I read somewhere that it is actually the ovary or
: flower of the plant. Is this true? Most people would call it a fruit,
: but it does cook up quite nicely too.
Actually, a fig is a inflorescence called a syconium.
The flowers are the little things inside the fig. The stuff
(fleshy stuff that you eat) is actually accessory tissue.
Kind of like a strawberry, in some ways.
Please correct me if I'm wrong!
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