I'm looking for a word that describes the green bulb of a pepper, banana or other mass a plant produces. A word that encompasses the domains of fruits and vegetables, perhaps a Latin word that's root derives from the Godess of Foliage. Ideally the word should be scientific and unambigious.

I thought of "appendages" but I interpret that as too alien to a plant, also too ambigious. I wouldn't call them "extremities", nor would I use "tumor" or "growth" to describe them. The latter are too gross to be associated with edible items. I feel there must be a better, more scientific, plant related term.

I cannot articulate my question enough for Google to interpret, therefore I come to SE.

Sample sentence: "I'm growing peppers and other edible _________" (Note: talking in the domain of plants)

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    – MetaEd
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 19:54
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    The parts of a plant which follow the flowers and contain the seeds are its fruit, (or perhaps "fruiting body", but that's too technical for your sentence). You used fruit in your question title. Why does that not fit?
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 21:56
  • @AndrewLeach It needs to include fruit, vegetable, berries; anything a plant makes with, fleshy mass, (containing) seeds. Is there not a word that groups the previous succinctly?
    – xvk3
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:00
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    @WillV Yes, there is. Fruit.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:05
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    That would be fruit! Although Peppers and other edible fruits sounds strange because of the ambiguity between "fruit" and plants which bare fruit. "I'm growing peppers and other pants which bare edible fruit" might be closer to what you want from a clarity standpoint?
    – AthomSfere
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:06

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I would use Produce as a generic for fruits and vegetables.

I'm growing peppers and other edible Produce

Produce (noun)

  1. things that have been produced or grown, especially by farming. "dairy produce"

synonyms: food, foodstuff(s), products; harvest, crops, fruit, vegetables, greens "fresh produce"

However if you specifically mean the part of the plant containing seeds, as your comment implies, then Fruit is the correct word:

Fruit (noun)

  1. the sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food.
  • I like this, it works well. Makes me feel like a farmer.
    – xvk3
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:10
  • But milk and cheese are dairy products. 'Products' is too general, and 'fruit' would never be used for cabbage etc. Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:17
  • @EdwinAshworth I agree "products" would be a poor choice, hence my suggestion of "produce" not products. The awkward term "dairy produce" is strictly from the definition. As an example, cabbages are often found in a grocer's produce section.
    – Josh King
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:24
  • Apologies. 'Produce' is too general also. Milk and cheese are classed as dairy produce, which is defined as 'food derived from or containing milk and its derivatives' [Collins Cobuild]. And Collins [ibid] has << produce: anything that is produced; product >>. Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:35

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