Originally posted by JaneDough
Travelin Man, are you a fan of moist, rich, dark chocolate cake with ganache frosting? If so, I bet I could convert you with my chocolate cake and its secret ingredient - yes, it's a veggie!
- I have been known to put away a piece of chocolate cake, especially as a dessert for a breakfast of chicken and pancakes (see most recent trip report for photos!). However, if your secret ingredient is green peppers
, I will stand by my statement that vegetables are not dessert.@cavandre
- I will defer to the final answer on all things of question origin,[url='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetables']Wikipedia[/url]: The term "vegetable" generally means the edible parts of plants. The definition of the word is traditional rather than scientific, however. Therefore the usage is somewhat arbitrary and subjective, as it is determined by individual cultural customs of food selection and food preparation.
Generally speaking, a herbaceous plant or plant part which is regularly eaten as unsweetened or salted food by humans is considered to be a vegetable. Mushrooms, though belonging to the biological kingdom Fungi, are also generally considered to be vegetables, at least in the retail industry. Nuts, seeds, grains, herbs, spices and culinary fruits are usually not considered to be vegetables, even though all of them are edible parts of plants.
In general, vegetables are regarded by cooks as being suitable for savory or salted dishes, rather than sweet dishes, although there are many exceptions, such as pumpkin pie.
The bolding is my own. Given that Wikipedia is widely accepted as the undeniable truth, we can hold that cocoa is, in fact, not a vegetable.