Originally Posted by jennyema
Originally Posted by Audeo
I'm aware that eggplant have genders (thank you Alton Brown), but bell peppers? Marmalady, I think your scenario on size is much more likely.
Actually neither eggplants nor peppers have genders.
"Male" and "female" eggplant is a case of unfortunate terminology. "Vegetables," such as eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, are - botanically speaking - really fruits. The fruits themselves can't be considered "male or female."
They are the product of s-e-x -- they themselves are genderless.
What people refer to as a "male" eggplant (for whatever reason) are eggplants with a smooth bottom and little or no indentation. They usually have fewer seeds. "Female" eggplants have an indentation on the botom and habe more seeds.
Calling them male and female is shorthand. It doesn't mean the critters actually have a gender.
Aha! Thank you for that clarification, jennyama! I do agree!! (hmmm...think I was dozing through much of that episode!!!)