• Question: Are potatoes carbohydrates and vegetables.

    Asked by anon-351104 on 30 Mar 2023.
    • Photo: Liz Barron-Majerik

      Liz Barron-Majerik answered on 30 Mar 2023:

      Potatoes are a vegetable that is rich in carbohydrates. Lots of root vegetables are, as they use the carbohydrate as a source of energy for making ‘next year’s’ plant.

    • Photo: Sam Mugford

      Sam Mugford answered on 30 Mar 2023:

      Yes potatoes are vegetables, and they contain a lot of carbohydrate. What’s the difference between a fruit and a vegetable though? That depends who you ask. A botanist would say that a fruit is a part of the reproductive parts of a plant, that contains the seen and is surrounded by a soft flesh, like apples, cherries and tomatoes. Most people don’t think of a tomato as a fruit, and if you asked a chef what was the difference between a fruit and a vegetable they would likely tell you that fruit are sweet and vegetables are savoury. I don’t think either of these is wrong, they’re just difference ways we use language.