Is it a Fruit or a Veggie?

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Updated on Apr 10, 2013

Some say a tomato is a fruit. Some call it a vegetable. Most of us are not entirely sure which is which. And what about flowers? This project defines and classifies edible plants, and makes for a tasty science fair display!


This project aims to identify, describe and classify many different fruits and vegetables.


  • Computer with internet access
  • Color printer
  • Digital camera
  • Assorted fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Magnifying glass
  • Microscope (optional)
  • Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)


  1. Research related materials (see bibliography below)
  2. Select a number of different types of edible plants for study.
  3. Search, print, label, and categorize photos of the plants you’ve selected.
  4. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the market.
  5. Prepare each type of vegetable in several different ways – boiled, steamed, sautéed, raw, pre-frozen, etc.
  6. Examine each preparation with a magnifying glass (or a microscope if you have one) and record your observations.
  7. Run a taste test to determine the most popular preparation method.
  8. Interpret your results in a detailed report.
  9. Show results visually using photos taken throughout the course of the experiment.
  10. Include a platter of tasty fruit and vegetable samples in your science fair display.
Judee Shipman is a Bay Area Educational Consultant and professional writer of quality educational materials.  Her recent writing credits include (a popular and entertaining website about states), and a book called The Portable Chess Coach (Cardoza, 2006), currently available in stores.

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