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Old 12-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Is corn a vegetable or a grain?

Just wondering what others think.

It's a strange vegetable/grain. (O.K. I have too much time on my hands!)
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:12 PM   #2
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How about a fruit?
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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It's a seed, a grain and a starchy vegetable.

http://www.gardenguides.com/131192-a...corn-seed.html
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #4
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Because it is a seed in pulp I do believe it is technically (from a botanical point of view) a fruit.

Fruit or vegetable — Do you know the difference? - MayoClinic.com
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It can be both. If it carries the seeds for plant reproduction, it's a fruit.
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How about a fruit?
Definitely not a fruit.

(One half of my brayne knows that a tomato is a fruit and rhubarb is a vegetable but the other half of my brayne won't accept it.)
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Just wondering what others think.

It's a strange vegetable/grain. (O.K. I have too much time on my hands!)
It's a veg. The fact that you can make a form of flour from it is irrelevant - you can buy potato flour but that doesn't make a potato a grain.
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It's only a vegetable if I haven't had my 5 for the day, otherwise it's a fruit or a grain. Depending how I need to count it.

Helpful, huh? LOL!
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:19 PM   #10
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There are botanical definitions and culinary definitions. Botanically speaking there are no vegetables.

So a tomato is a fruit (botanically) but a culinary vegetable.

I think corn is a botanical fruit, a culinary vegetable if eaten fresh and a grain if dried and ground into a meal or flour. Anatomically, it's an ear.
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