The Insanity in Botany

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botanical gardenThink you know a lot about plants? Well, as it turns out, many of those things are wrong. Botany is one of the most studied fields of science in the world, but it is the most misunderstood field as well, on many levels. What most people understand to be one thing is not actually true botanically.

Noted gardening authority Longacres Garden Center discussed a few botanical surprises, including:

A Bouquet of Onions

For example, most people assume that the onion and the asparagus are just vegetables. What most lessons leave out is that both of these are members of the lily family. Yes, the delicate flowers considered one of the most romantic blooms in the world are related to the bulb that makes you cry.

Pumpkins Are a Lie

Another interesting botanical fact is that there is no such thing as a pumpkin. What people know as a pumpkin is just a variety of squash. People just knew them as pumpkins for so long that the name stuck. This could confuse customers if they labelled them correctly.

Strange Plant Eggplant

Have you ever seen a garden egg? How about a purple potato? Odds are you have, because both of those things are eggplants. The eggplant is a member of the potato family. But, why does it have such a strange name for a purple fruit? The colour of the eggplant’s flesh is either white or yellow and, along with their bulb shape, they resembled hen eggs. But, the strangeness of the eggplant does not end there, because it is botanically classified as a berry.

Titanic Tomato

Speaking of berries, the tomato is a berry as well. The real trivia here is that tomatoes can grow to titanic proportions. The biggest tomato on record weighed in at seven pounds and twelve ounces. That is the same weight as a healthy newborn baby.

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