How I Was Created?
Using your knowledge of sexual and asexual reproduction in plants, create a story book using index cards to demonstrate your understanding of how your fruit or vegetable above was created.
Your book must have a cover (title page), illustrations, and important and detailed descriptions of how the process occurs.
Vocabulary : Anther- Pollen- Stigma- Style- Ovary- Ovules- Seeds- Fruits or Vegetables- Pistil- Stamen- Pollinator.
What is a Fruit and what is a Vegetable?
THE TERM 'fruit' encompasses a wide range of foods. Things like apples and oranges are clearly 'fruits'. We usually think of sweet things that grow on trees as fruits, so would this exclude tomatoes and cucumbers?
BOTANICALLY speaking, everything that contains seeds is a fruit. This would include all sorts of things such as apples, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, bean pods, cucumbers and even walnuts in their shells.
Also, botanically speaking, the following are not classified fruits, but are classed as vegetables of different types:
- Root crops, e.g. potatoes, carrots, parsnips
- Bulb crops, e.g. onions, garlic
- 'Stems', such as asparagus, cabbage, celery, lettuce.
- 'Flowers', like cauliflower, broccoli.
HOWEVER! The tomato was 'legally' classified as a 'vegetable' for trade tariff purposes by the US Supreme Court in 1893. Their argument was/is that tomatoes are never served as desserts, like grapes or apple may be, and are therefore considered to be vegetables in the common language of the people.
So, depending on which classification system is appropriate for the purposes of categorization, tomatoes, for example, can be either 'fruits' or 'vegetables'.
But be assured, tomatoes taste like tomatoes, whatever they are called!