9 foods that are not what we think

White chocolate is not chocolate. This and other facts may seem surprising, but they are absolutely true. Science classifies foods a little differently than how we classify them in the kitchen.

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9 foods that are not what we think

1. Sugarcane is a herb.

Although sugarcane is slightly taller than regular grass, it is technically classified as an herb.

9 foods that are not what we think

2. Peanuts are not nuts, they are actually considered a bean.

Nuts grow on trees and peanuts grow in pods underground. Botanists classify peanuts as legumes, which means they belong to the same family as beans, peas, and lentils.

9 foods that are not what we think

3. White chocolate is not chocolate.

White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, milk solids, and sugar and does not contain the cocoa beans that give traditional darker chocolates their recognizable flavor and color.

9 foods that are not what we think

4. Eggplant is not a vegetable, but a fruit.

While eggplant is considered a vegetable in the kitchen because we don't eat it raw because of its taste, scientists classify it as a fruit because it contains seeds.

9 foods that are not what we think

5. Tomatoes are also fruit.

While eggplant is considered a vegetable in the kitchen because we don't eat it raw because of its taste, scientists classify it as a fruit because it contains seeds.

9 foods that are not what we think

6. Bell peppers are also a fruit.

We've all seen peppers inside that are loaded with seeds, so no matter how we use them in the kitchen, they are fruit.

9 foods that are not what we think

7. Chili is also a fruit.

Like bell peppers, hot chili peppers are also considered fruit.

9 foods that are not what we think

8. But rhubarb is a vegetable.

There are no seeds here, so rhubarb is classified as a vegetable.

9 foods that are not what we think

9. You have probably never eaten real wasabi.

The green pasta called Wasabi that is served to you every time you visit a Japanese restaurant is most likely not real. This fake, pungent, pale green paste is most likely a mixture of horseradish, mustard, and food coloring.

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