Eat your veggies


"Vegetables are all your body needs" ad campaign, via Laughing Squid (hat-tip to Andrew Sullivan)

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Wow. Looks like this person digests things gingerly.

In a typical misrepresentation of botany, there are only 3 veggies (leek, cauliflower, and ginger rhizome), the rest are fruits.

I provide the following FYI only - I'm certainly not going to take up such an old dispute. . .

"Botanically speaking, tomatoes are the fruit of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans and peas. But in the common language of the people, whether sellers or consumers of provisions, all these are vegetables, which are grown in kitchen gardens, and which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, celery and lettuce,usually served at dinner in, with or after the soup, fish or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert."

-Supreme Court of the United States
Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893)

It looks rather like this chap's insides.

Also, isn't ginger a spice rather than a vegetable?

I was going to say that I loved this post, but I love it 10 times more now that I've read the Supreme Court weighing in on the fruit/vege controversy.