Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Oklahoma's State Vegetable...The Watermelon?

Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
Oklahoma already has the strawberry as its official fruit, so the state Senate cleared the way Tuesday to declare the watermelon the state vegetable. Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman from Rush Springs, site of an annual watermelon festival, brought this enlightened idea forward.

Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton, sponsored the bill in the Senate.

The controversy on whether watermelon is a fruit or vegetable has been officially decided by the Oklahoma Legislature. -- Don Barrington

He says watermelon comes from the cucumber and gourd families, which are classified as vegetables.

Of course, the dictionary refers to the watermelon as a fruit.

I think Okra got robbed!

The bill now goes to Gov. Brad Henry.


Andy Potter said...

This is an odd debate. All of the things mentioned are fruits (botanically speaking). A fruit results from the fertilization of ovules in the ovary of a flower by pollen grains. So even okra is a vegetable. Vegetables are from the vegetative portion of plants (roots, stems or leaves). I know this can be confusing, but things like squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and yes even watermellons are fruits. Spinach, onions, celery asperagus and sweet potatoes are vegetables. Sorry for TMI but Im bored at work.
By I live in Henryetta and do a bit of padeling (going to Illinois River tomorrow).

Thomas said...

Thanks for the comment, Andy!

I long for another trip to the Illinois River, my son mis much less enthusiastic. I'm starting to wonder if HE is a fruit or a vegetable!

Have fun on the Illinois River, i hope you see a Bald Eagle. Keep in touch, maybe we can meet up for a trip sometime Neighbor!