No, I do not have the scientific reasons for why these delightful greeneries are classified as fruit. My reasons are much less intellectual and much more definite.
I want to give you some recipes for them.
So look it up. Wikipedia will tell you they are fruit too.
So I can do this without breaking the rules.
Drat. I hate following the rules.
Now for the recipes . . .
Cucumber and Mint Sandwiches
(just in case Algernon ate them all before Aunt Augustest arrived)
1) Eight slices of white bread (normally I prefer dark breads with more texture but in this case you don't want the bread to overpower the cucumber)
2) One Cucumber, peeled and sliced
3) Fresh mint leaves, washed and removed from stems
4) Eight ounces cream cheese at room temperature (make sure it's room temperature. Trying to spread refrigerated cheese over soft bread is not fun.)
Spread cream cheese over four slices of bread. Layer mint and cucumbers on top. Cover with remaining bread slices. Cut off crust. Slice sandwiches into triangular quarters and enjoy. When Aunt Augustus finally arrives tell her there weren't any cucumbers; not even for ready money.
Blueberry, Avocado, Cilantro Smoothies
This is one of my sister's recipes. It is fantastic.
1) Fresh cilantro, washed
2) One cup blueberries, washed (hey, those are even traditional fruits. I am such a good little rule follower.)
3) Two avocados, peeled and pitted
4) Three quarter cup Greek yogurt (honey, plain, or vanilla flavored)
5) Half a cup ice
Blend and enjoy.
OK, now I'm hungry. Which way is the kitchen please?