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Are Avocados a fruit or a vegetable?

In this post, we will be settling the common debate surrounding an avocado’s classification. Is the avocado a fruit or a vegetable? 

When you look at an avocado, you’ll notice its vivid green color and earthy skin in addition to its savory and nutty flavors, so you might be more inclined to consider it a vegetable. 

However, don’t let those characteristics fool you. Contrary to those popular beliefs, the avocado is actually a nutrient dense fruit! Although classified as a vegetable in the USDA database based on common usage, avocados are considered a fruit because they fit all of the botanical criteria for a berry thanks to its fleshy pulp and large seed. 

More specifically, the avocado is a fruit that belongs to the genus Persea in the Lauracaea family, which refers to the type of tree and flowering plant.

Debate: settled. 

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