The fruit vs. vegetable controversy has even made its way into the yes, tomatoes are all fruits, while roots such as beets, potatoes and turnips. Fruits and vegetables are classified from both a botanical and culinary standpoint. This article takes a close look at the differences between the two. flavor, sweet potatoes are actually a type of root vegetable, not a fruit. The following classifications of fruits and vegetables are used: collards, ramps, asparagus, and celery); Root & Tuber (ex. carrot and potato).