Is Avocado a Fruit

Is Avocado a Fruit

Is Avocado a Fruit

There has been a lot of confusion around whether or not avocado is a fruit. Here are a few thoughts on the matter. But ask yourself, is that the question you should be asking?


While botanically a fruit, MyPlate includes avocados as a member of the Vegetable Group based on how they are typically eaten and how their taste is described. MyPlate recommends adults consume 2-4 cups of vegetables per day and 3 1/2 – 7 cups of “other vegetables”, like avocados, a week. One avocado counts as one cup. Regardless of the category, avocados are a nutrient-dense, delicious way to help consumers “make half their plate fruits and vegetables.” Unlike fruits, the definition for a vegetable is less specific, which is one of the reasons why confusion exists in the first place. A vegetable is nothing more or less than a plant or parts of a plant that are consumed by people as food. From flowers and stems through to leaves and roots, vegetables are defined by culinary tradition rather than biology. Logically speaking, there is a clear overlap between culinary vegetables and botanical fruits, which is the part of the Venn diagram where tomatoes and avocados call home.

The humble avocado gets a lot of love, with this delicious and nutrient-dense food - one-third of a medium avocado contributing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, a source being easy to find in cafes and kitchens across the world. Despite all the attention being given to "smashed avocado on toast" and "avocado smoothies," confusion reigns supreme as to whether avocados are a fruit or a vegetable. (Source: avocadosfrommexico.com)


Tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and zucchini are also coming in both categories due to their culinary uses and origin. A very famous quote is associated with this confusion “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad.” Conversely, you can put an avocado both in fruit salad as well as into vegetable salad, as avocado is an all-rounder food.

Hurtado-Fernández, E., González-Fernández, J., Hormaza, J., Bajoub, A., Fernández-Gutiérrez, A., and Carrasco-Pancorbo, A. (2016). Targeted LC-MS Approach to study the evolution over the harvesting season of six important metabolites in fruits from different avocado cultivars. Food Anal. Methods 9, 3479–3491. doi: 10.1007/s12161-016-0523-5 (Source: www.frontiersin.org)


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