Veggies vs Fruits

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Veggies vs Fruits

Post by masako » 21 Jan 2018 19:18

How do you distinguish, if at all, fruits and vegetables in your conlang?

I've been thinking instead of dividing them by flavor or typical meal accompaniment, dividing them simply by whether they grow on a tree, a vine, above, and then below ground, so 4 total categories...

Your thoughts?

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Re: Veggies vs Fruits

Post by LinguistCat » 21 Jan 2018 20:34

I haven't thought much about this yet, but I'm going to need to, along with how color terms will be handled by my cat spirits. Kaibyou are primarily carnivorous, but in order to blend in more with humans, do have a diet that includes some fruits, vegetables and grains (almost exclusively rice). Kaibyou also don't taste sweet strongly or at all, and prefer savory and sour flavors. Fruit in a culinary sense tend to be sweet, soft plant products while vegetables are savory, bitter or plain and tend to come from the roots stems or flowers. Tomatoes get classed as veggies instead of fruit in the kitchen due to the fact they aren't sweet (or not very), though I suppose a counter point is lemons which are sour but still seen as "obviously fruit" by most people.

Cats would likely contrast sour vs savory with other flavors being secondary to their classification and use.

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Re: Veggies vs Fruits

Post by Lambuzhao » 22 Jan 2018 00:36

hard or soft?
Texture: woody/starchy/pulpy/grainy/stringy (fibrous) ?
Flavor: umami, sweet, bitter, sour, salty, insipid?
Pollination: Self-pollinating, cross-pollinating?
Ovary -v- structure other than ovary?

How specific you planning on getting here?

I can count on one hand 'false' fruits that come to mind: pineapple, rhubarb, strawberry, and I think figs. I don't know if that bears on your query.

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Re: Veggies vs Fruits

Post by Reyzadren » 22 Jan 2018 00:37

As griuskant is a conworld language, fruits and vegetables themselves are not the same things as found irl. Hence, the terms/categorisation "fruits" and "vegetables" are probably different too, whether magically or conscientifically.

Seeds could be of one of those characteristics.
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