Science classify several eatables, which in layman vernacular are called vegetables, to be fruits and vice-versa. Kind of oxymoron in itself.

For example:- Tomato, Cucumber, Chilli, Capsicum, Bell pepper, etc are all popularly taken as vegetables although, are technically fruits.

And similarly:- Okra, Grean peas, etc, although popularly held as vegetables are technically fruits.

Generally during a fast, we are told by elders and priests that we can consume raw fruits while observing a vrata or upavāsa, but must not consume vegetables in any form whatsoever.

Thus, my question being, wrt to the technical-scientific classification of fruits and vegetables, how the above situation of what to eat and what not to eat during a fast, is resolved as per ayurveda classification and other scriptural injunctions regarding the same?

More importantly, In anyway does this kind of oxymoron classification actually exists in anyform within the Hindu systems?

  • We are solid that because fruits can be eaten raw. But vegetables can not be eaten raw. Mar 10, 2021 at 12:03
  • 'What to eat' during Fasting or Upavasa is actually or have actually became a scenario of 'believe' or 'dont believe'. Its also regionally varied, seen people eating puffed rice (poha), and even lady finger during Fasting, while I and many others wont agree on it. What about potatoes? Or even sago? We eat sago and potatoes, so why not puffed rice!?
    – Second
    Mar 10, 2021 at 12:49
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    @Proxy atleast, not eating non veg and onion, garlic, might be a common thread for all, I hope so!
    – Vivikta
    Mar 10, 2021 at 13:02
  • Fruits and vegetables are, biologically, the same thing. It is only in culinary that they are considered different. Mar 11, 2021 at 6:43
  • @SwamiVishwananda, I don't think so. It depends on the part of the plant to be used. For ex:- Grape's eatable fleshy part is called fruit while the vine part - Grapevine is well used as a vegetable. Both are botanically distinct:- healthline.com/nutrition/fruits-vs-vegetables
    – Vivikta
    Mar 11, 2021 at 7:09


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