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DO YOU KNOW THAT TOMATO IS NOT A VEGETABLE?

Botanically, a tomato is the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant. Therefore it is a fruit or, more precisely, a berry.

By U.S. tariff laws, a tomato is considered a vegetable. The applicable law defined produce by its use and not its scientific classification. And from a culinary point of view, a tomato is a vegetable.

WHAT ARE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES?
True fruits develop and contain seeds within the fruit (e.g. raspberries and oranges for example). Some plants have soft parts which contain the seeds and are not true fruits ("pomes" like the apple or pear, accessory fruits like the strawberry and fig). In cooking, fruits may be called vegetables because of the their use and the tomato therefore is used as a vegetable. Other botanical fruits used as vegetables include eggplants, cucumbers, and squashes such as zucchini and pumpkins. Also a bean pod is technically a fruit. The vegetable is a term used for other edible parts of plants (such as cabbage leaves, celery, and potatoes) which are not the fruit of the plant. So the tomato is the fruit of a tomato plant, but a vegetable for cooking.

VINE ANALOGY
Like the grape, the tomato grows on a vine, and is considered a berry, and berries are fruits.

A tomato is definitely a fruit. That's why it contains seeds. But most people would call it a vegetable. It's often used as vegetables are used.

A tomato is a fruit - fruits have interior seeds - vegetables don't. More specifically, the tomato is a "berry". At any rate, the term "vegetable" is a culinary term, so a tomato could be a fruit, served as a vegetable. The distinction is blurred by the labeling of "ketchup" as a vegetable when it is more properly a nutritional condiment. The US Supreme Court, in 1883, defined the tomato as a vegetable in Nix v. Hedden, but acknowledged that it was botanically a fruit. (see related link) --- "Knowledge is to know that a tomato is a fruit, but wisdom is to know not to put one in a fruit salad."

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