Tomato: Fruit Or Vegetable?

This debate has raged for decades — is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Both sides have valid points. What’s your opinion?

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Tomato: Fruit Or Vegetable?

5 thoughts on “Tomato: Fruit Or Vegetable?”

  1. It seems to me that everyone grows up thinking of a tomato as a vegetable, and using it with other vegetables in various dishes. So, for all intents and purposes, in common use it is a vegetable (even if the biological classification says otherwise).

    For us non-biologists, referring to the tomato as a vegetable does no one any harm, so vegetable it is.

  2. This information comes directly from Live Science and National Public Radio:

    In the 1893 United States Supreme Court case Nix. v. Hedden, the court ruled unanimously that an imported tomato should be taxed as a vegetable, rather than as a (less taxed) fruit.

    In the decision, the justices distinguished between science and everyday life. The justices admitted that botanically-speaking, tomatoes were technically fruits. But in everyday life, they decided, vegetables were things “usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats … and not, like fruits generally, as dessert.”

    I side with the Supreme Court on this one.

  3. While usually used in savory dishes, (though my FIL eats them with sugar and cream) I have to side with the botanical classification. Tomatoes are fruits.

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