Avocado, lemon and cucumber: are they fruits or vegetables and why?

Lemon and avocado, whose price per kilo exceeded 100 pesos this year, as well as cucumber, are products that we accompany with a wide variety of dishes and that, in addition, they have nutrients that are good for our healthbut Are they fruits or vegetables?

We are used to the fact that fruits are usually sweet, such as apples, mangoes, peaches, melons or pineapples, and that vegetables are acidic or their flavor alone is not as pleasant, so it is common to consider that lemons, avocados and lemon are vegetables.

For more accuracy, Fruits are the products obtained from plants or trees.specifically in botany it is called fruit to that which contains seeds and comes from the flower or from some part of itaccording to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader).

While vegetables are the plants that grow by being cultivated in gardenswhat is also known as vegetables, according to information from Sader.

Is lemon a fruit or vegetable and what are its benefits?

The lemon is clearly a fruit according to the above definitionsWell, there are lemon trees in several states of the Mexican Republic, such as Michoacán, Veracruz, Oaxaca, among others, in addition to the fact that many of these foods have seeds.

In addition, the lemon has a wide variety of uses, since it is added to broths, tacos and even in soup, in the preparation of refreshing flavored water and the consumption of the fruit provides several benefitsaccording to the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco), among them:

  • Vitamins C and B
  • Calcium, phosphorus, iron
  • antiseptic properties
  • Antibacterial and antiviral propertiesso that helps relieve illnesses of the respiratory tract and inflammations in the throat

Is avocado a fruit or vegetable and what are its benefits?

avocado, one of the common companions of the lemon, also it’s a fruit, because grows on trees and has seeddefinition in which various Mexican institutions agree, such as Profeco, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnart), among others, as well as the Hass Diamond company.

Its uses are very varied.because the avocado is used as a complement to cymbalsto prepare dessertson the making guacamole, as well as in the creation of beauty products, such as creams and shampoo.

According to Sader, the avocado has many nutritional properties, among which the following stand out:

  • Helps strengthen the cardiovascular health
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • improves the view
  • Contains vitamins A, C, E and B1
  • Provides calcium, iron, magnesium and other minerals

Are cucumber and tomato fruits or vegetables?

in the cucumber there is no consensus on whether it is a fruit or a vegetablebecause it has seeds, but it is cultivated in orchards.

In addition to being economical, Profeco recommends its consumption because provides vitamin A, that helps vision, skin, hair, bones, good functioning of the immune system and mucous membranes.

Credits: Government of Mexico

The tomato (red) is also in this dubious classification between fruit and vegetableWell, it is considered the number 1 vegetable in Mexico, but it is evident that it has many seeds.

Although it is clear that this fruit is treated mostly as a vegetable. But it doesn’t matter if it’s a fruit or a vegetable, because the tomato It is the most used ingredient in Mexican cuisine. and it has nutritional properties, such as vitamins A, C and E, which help the immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems, as well as fiber and potassium.

Both lemon, cucumber and tomato are seasonal fruits and vegetables during this month of April, so it is the perfect time to consume them in their different preparations, since their benefits are better used, according to Profeco.