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04/18/2007 10:11 AM ID: 61890 Permalink   

Official Veggie of Oklahoma is... Watermelon?

 

The measure introduced in the House by Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman to have the watermelon declared Oklahoma's state vegetable has sparked some heated debate over what it actually is.

It seems that watermelon is a member of the cucumber and gourd families and therefore is classified as a vegetable. Some say the dictionary calls it a fruit.

"I guess it can be both, "stated Senator Don Barrington who sponsored the bill. The bill now will go to Gov. Brad Henry. Oklahoma already has the strawberry as its official fruit.

 
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  Mmmmm  
 
who cares what it is...

Its all red juicy goodness

Its a veggie i'm pretty sure,
just like a tomato is sometimes.
 
  by: Mr_Dudeman   04/18/2007 10:15 AM     
  Yes I guess  
 
it can be both depending on how you use it.. What ever they call it, it sure tastes good cold out of the refrigerator
 
  by: sleeky     04/18/2007 10:23 AM     
  Theres no scientific difference  
 
between a fruit and vegetable.

The only botanical defintion is that a fruit is a reproductive system, IE has seeds(which a watermelon does).
Wheres vegetable does not, like a potatoe.
 
  by: Gogevandire   04/18/2007 10:24 AM     
  it's a fruit  
 
fruits bear seeds. any other part of a plant is vegetable matter, and hence, a vegetable. the end.

"then is a cucumber a fruit as well?" you might say. yes. get over it.
 
  by: ManilaRyce     04/18/2007 03:51 PM     
  Ask Dr. Dictionary  
 
A fruit is actually the sweet, ripened ovary or ovaries of a seed-bearing plant. A vegetable, in contrast, is an herbaceous plant cultivated for an edible part (seeds, roots, stems, leaves, bulbs, tubers, or nonsweet fruits). So, to be really nitpicky, a fruit could be a vegetable, but a vegetable could not be a fruit.
 
  by: crosimoto     04/18/2007 04:18 PM     
  Fight....Fight.....Fight....  
 
I think the two dictionaries (the one posted in the original story and the post from Dr. Dictionary) should fight it out....the winner faces Wolverine!
 
  by: crosimoto     04/18/2007 04:21 PM     
  does anyone  
 
Have an opinion on what a pineapple's classification would be?
 
  by: melissamiranda     04/19/2007 04:26 AM     
  You're all fruits...  
 
& vegetables LoL

 
  by: Zmethod     04/19/2007 05:00 AM     
  mellisamiranda  
 
If I'm not mistaken the pineapple is actually the flower of the pineapple plant and very yummy too! Correct me if I am wrong.
 
  by: sleeky     04/19/2007 05:11 AM     
 
 
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