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What is a cucumber?
Old 06-29-2022, 09:53 AM
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1. I walked to Ralph’s for a few groceries. My cucumbers wouldn’t scan at self-check. The attendant came to show me how to look up the item. She told me to touch ‘Vegetables’ on the screen.
“Fruit,” I muttered.
She touched ‘Vegetables’ and one of the pictures was a cucumber.
“Vegetable,” she verified.
“Well,” I laughed, “maybe at Ralph’s they’re a vegetable, but in the real world they’re a fruit.”
The attendant is very nice, but she clearly didn’t believe me—and I didn’t burst her bubble by telling her my peppers are fruit, too.

2. Apparently I’m too old to carry 8 lbs of groceries 1.7 miles home. I was dying. I barely made it, really, and so slow at the end.

3. When I got to my condo, the gardener was at work. I told him I had 2 bags of clothes for him, but I’d overdone my walk and he’d have to come up and get them (usually I take them to him). He is very kind and did. I wonder if he knows a cucumber is a fruit.


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Old 06-29-2022, 10:03 AM
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The Supreme Court declared it a vegetable, but botanically it is a fruit.
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:11 AM
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I bought my dd one of those fold up rolling baskets when she lived at this apartment complex where the parking was far from her apartment. It was a good purchase. Maybe you should look them up!
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:17 AM
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I didn't know a cucumber is a fruit until now. Pumpkins too.
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Old 06-29-2022, 01:31 PM
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It’s always been a fruit in my opinion but seriously…when did the Supreme Court weigh in on this issue?


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Old 06-29-2022, 01:43 PM
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Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893), was a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that, under U.S. customs regulations, the tomato should be classified as a vegetable rather than a fruit.[1] The Court's unanimous opinion held that the Tariff Act of 1883 used the ordinary meaning of the words "fruit" and "vegetable," instead of the technical botanical meaning
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Old 06-29-2022, 01:47 PM
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as an aside did anyone know that cats are generally very frightened of cucumbers? Their eyesight is generally poor up close so when they get a glance at a cucumber on the floor they become very frightened thinking it is a snake
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Old 06-29-2022, 02:47 PM
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Then to muddy the waters here regarding cucumbers vs pickles. My FIL often sparred over the difference. He insisted that the fruit that amiga posted in her picture was a pickle. Try as I might to rationalize with him that it was a cucumber until it was put in a brine mixture and “pickled” I could not convince him.


I was also going to suggest you might want to look into a compact rolling cart of some sort.
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Old 06-29-2022, 02:57 PM
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Love what I learn on PT. I had no idea cucumbers were considered a fruit! I'm kind of glad! Now I can say that I actually DO eat fruit. (I love cucumbers). Not a big fan of fruit, as a whole...
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:58 PM
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Fruit: fleshy seed-containing part of a plant

Fruits I bought in the vegetable department this week:

-squash & zucchini
-eggplant
-tomatoes
-peppers
-cucumber
-cherries
-watermelon
-lemons & limes

Vegetables I bought:

-broccoli
-cabbage
-lettuce
-fennel

Not sure about sugar snap peas...since the pods certainly fleshier than regular peas...but I think peas are legumes.


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Old 06-29-2022, 05:15 PM
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I recently had a discussion with a doctor about what an olive is...fruit.
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Old 06-29-2022, 05:52 PM
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Yes I learned in my undergraduate Teaching of Elementary Science class that

A fruit— contains seeds & is the seed bearing part of the plant we eat

Vegetables— contains the root, stem, or leaves part of the plant that we eat


A cucumber is a fruit because it has seeds.
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Old 06-30-2022, 06:01 AM
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Fun fact: NH's state fruit: the pumpkin!
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