Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?


I always considered a tomato being a vegetable. But what is it really?

Doctor Asked on April 28, 2016 in Education,   Fruits,   Gardening,   Vegetables.
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    Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant. This fact (seeds) also makes cucumbers, squash, peppers, eggplants, corn kernels, pea pods, green beans and pumpkins fruits as well. As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits, such as tomatoes or bean pods, may be called ‘vegetables’ because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking.

    A vegetable, botanically, is any edible part of a plant that doesn’t happen to be a fruit, as in leaves (spinach, lettuce, cabbage), roots (carrots, beets, turnips), stems (asparagus), tubers (potatoes), bulbs (onions), and flowers (cauliflower and broccoli). Read this interesting article about fruits and vegetables.

    Vice Professor Answered on April 29, 2016.

    Wow! I always thought that the tomato is a vegetable! Thank you!

    on April 30, 2016.
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    Tomato is a fruit.

    Vice Professor Answered on April 29, 2016.
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    By the way, a tomato is the official “vegetable” of New Jersey and  the official fruit (and vegetable) of Arkansas.

    Doctor Answered on April 29, 2016.
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