8 Vegetables That Are Actually Fruits


Avocados have a three-layer pericarp surrounding a single seed, making them a type of berry due to their thin endocarp.


Olives are drupes, a type of fruit, with a hard pit that houses the actual seed of the olive tree.


Corn kernels are caryopses, a type of fruit where the ovary wall is fused to the seed layer, classifying corn as both a grain and a fruit.


Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, making them fruits, which means dill pickles are technically pickled fruit.


Zucchini and various squashes are also fruits from the Cucurbitaceae family, often mistaken for vegetables.


Chayote, another member of the Cucurbitaceae family, is a fruit commonly used in savory dishes, with a flavor similar to cucumber or apple.


Pumpkins, with their rinds, fleshy interiors, and seeds, are fruits and a type of squash, closely related to cucumbers.


Okra is the seed-filled fruit of the flowering plant Abelmoschus esculentus, part of the mallow family.