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purplelow's avatar

Why do people say beans beans the magical fruit when beans are vegetables?

Asked by purplelow (25points) May 1st, 2009


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hug_of_war's avatar

because vegetables and toot don’t rhyme

aprilsimnel's avatar

I don’t think anything rhymes with “vegetable.”

casheroo's avatar

I had to wiki this, and I had no clue there were so many versions of it lol

3or4monsters's avatar

It depends on the kind of bean. Some beans ARE fruits, because they form from the fertilized flower and contain the seeds of the fruit. Vegetable do not have seeds and consist of the stems, leaves, roots or other parts of the plant.

So technically, squash, pumpkin… all the gourds, really…. and cucumber are also fruit since they contain seeds. But those are technical definitions, and not common vernacular. Most people say “fruit” when they mean sweet fruits, and say vegetables when they mean non-sweet fruits… and stems, leaves, roots.

Les's avatar

Because technically they are a fruit. (Botanically speaking and all).

Oh, @3or4monsters beat me to it.

VS's avatar

I’ve never heard it quite like that. My version says “beans beans good for your heart…”

loser's avatar

Just to see if you’re paying attention!

AstroChuck's avatar

Beans are legumes, not vegetables.

3or4monsters's avatar

… and legumes are fruits. CIRCLE OF LIIIIIFE~~

AstroChuck's avatar

Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains are different catagories of plant foods.

susanc's avatar

Beans, beans, the sweetest legume
Will force from us a strong perfume.
The stronger the scent, the better the lurving
So go in the kitchen and get us a serving.

knitfroggy's avatar

My problem isn’t with the fruit part of it…I wanna know who has musical farts….
Edit: The Version I always learned was Beans Beans the musical fruit…

susanc's avatar

Me too. I didn’t even notice “magical” in the question. It has to be “musical” to establish the rationale for “toot”. Humph.

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