Fun-fact: A banana is also a berry, and the strawberry isn't. Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on November 02, 2011: You are right. Plus, tomatoes have lots of fruit-like characteristics: they’re often sweet, bursting with juice and they taste really good with cheese (OK, that last one is definitely a personal preference). Horticulturally speaking it is defined as a vegetable for two other reasons: 1- it is a nonwoody annual (ok, what I want to know then why don't they say watermelons are vegetables? “Botanically speaking,” said Justice Gray, “tomatoes are the fruit of the vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans and peas. Tennessee and Ohio went with botany and chose the tomato as their state fruit; Arkansas, hedging its bets, decreed the tomato to be both the state’s official fruit and official vegetable. State flowers were soon followed by a host of other official state symbols, among them birds, trees, animals, insects, reptiles, fossils, minerals, gemstones, songs, and folk dances. In early America, cautionary tales of moral instruction sternly warned that stealing fruit was the sort of gateway sin that led children straight to a life of crime. Ah, the everlasting debate. Including tomatoes in the diet has been proven to protect you against cancer, maintain blood pressure, and reduce the blood glucose level in people with diabetes. Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? In that case apples should be considered vegetables, instead they are not. When plants have sex, their children are the fruit like the fruit of their loins. Depending on the poll results, they’ll continue selling bottles of whatever America says a tomato is. That a plant is a fruit by virtue of sweetness and that stars exist in a field of black may be where man's poetry and faith trump science. After Congress passed a tariff on vegetables, an importer attempted to bring in tomatoes as “fruit,” thereby avoiding the extra 10% tax. I don't understand why people can classify this as a vegetable. Tomato as like as south asia take it vegetable to cook sour dal making with water,it is very helpful for hot and cold weather and people fond to take this cooking drink with thier rice and vegetable instead of taking lentil. Utah and Delaware now have official state stars. What brought this humble matter to their attention? The court ruled that even though, botanically, foods like tomatoes, are vegetables, "in the common language of the people," they are vegetables. Is ketchup made with fruits or vegetables? What would George Washington do? No matter how you see it, from all logical perspectives these sweet plant products are fruits. They are often found in salads and are sometimes also a part of the main course in a meal, albeit, in different ways across the globe. From the scientific angle, a tomato is a fruit because it contains seeds and fulfils certain criteria that all fruits have to meet. Overall deliciousness explains why fruit tends to lead us into temptation. If you want to learn to grow seedless watermelon at home, this article on Dengarden is really interesting. (The lawyer for the protesting importer, arguing that beans were seeds, pointed to garden catalogs; the defense countered with a dinner recipe for baked beans.) Consisting of plants makes the most sense here. Are they also considered as fruits? In 1893, the high court was forced to rule on whether imported tomatoes should be taxed under the Tariff Act of 1883, which only applied to vegetables and not fruits. And who are we to disagree with nine justices?! (It does seem strange to me to think of a sugar snap pea as a fruit. Hi MiniCoop, You don't know how happy I am today as I've actually helped someone with their project :). “But in the common language of the people … all these are vegetables which are grown in kitchen gardens, and which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, and lettuce, usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert.”. Mickji from between Italy and Switzerland, travelling around the world thanks to a little special object on February 23, 2014: US Court really said that pizza is a vegetable? In botany, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts, such as roots, leaves and stems. To a botanist, a fruit is an entity that develops from the fertilized ovary of a flower. I thought it's a leaf and stalk not just the stalk. Read More: Health benefits of Tomato for babies. Macronutrients are energy giving and include fruit sugars (fructose), carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. But I must add, that I agree with the botanists. Your articles is by far the best. The botanical classification is correct, that's a fact. Find Ways to Enjoy This Vegetable All Summer Long. It can only be a final product. But just to complicate matters even further, ever notice that on your phone emojis, the tomato is at the end of the fruits and the beginning of the vegetables? However, since it isn’t sweet but savoury, in culinary terms, it is classified as a vegetable. Nobody goes to that kind of trouble over a vegetable. Barrington’s argument was that the watermelon was a vegetable by virtue of its genetic relationship to the obviously vegetable (that is, not eaten as dessert) cucumber and gourd; and he got some back-up from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, which lists melons under “Vegetables.” The deciding factor, on the other hand, may have been the fact that Oklahoma already had a state fruit: the strawberry. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. So, to conclude, a tomato is both a fruit as well as a vegetable. The Tomato Is Botanically a Fruit. Close. There are also the tubers that are like roots like potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes and yucca that are popular in South America. So the answer whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable is not very simple. Hi Hollie thanks for stopping by; also for the vote :), Nice to get positive feedback from you :). Brandon Lobo (author) on August 28, 2014: Thanks GypsyOwl, glad you liked it and it's so kind of you to leave such a kind comment. That idea was channeled more than 100 years later in a quote attributed to journalist Miles Kington, who may have settled the debate once and for all: “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Since most people across the globe can associate themselves with food more than biology, it is natural for the tomato to be widely termed as a vegetable. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Yup and what about beans? The Tariff of 1833 was abandoned by the US government in favor of the new Black Tariff of 1842 which was eventually replaced by the Walker Tariff. Grape is a vegetable. Hi guys this hub is noww43rd on google (I guess but yesterday it wasn't in the top 200. Fruits go through a process in a water bath, whereas vegetables go through a pressure cooker, termed water bath canning and pressure canning respectively, as explained on Wikipedia. But, why do horticulturists classify the tomato as a vegetable? The classical vegetable/fruit story is the tetchy tale of the tomato. As the chicken / egg question has kept people interested for a long time, the fruit / vegetable question will, too, at least for as long as the popular notion of a fruit is something sweet, as you say. In New Jersey, it’s the official state vegetable. Turns out, it’s complicated. This is because a “vegetable” is a kind of catch-all term that leaves room for interpretation when it comes to cooking and dining. I came across something like: Knowledge is the understanding that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is the understanding not to use it in a fruit salad. These veggie-inspired recipes could be an easy way to include more tomatoes and fresh ingredients in your diet. Things like peppers, eggplants and cucumbers are also fruits by this definition. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). Ya I love tomatoes as well. I have read a dozen or more articles, over the years, about this tomato question. This relatively low amount of fructose content is the reason nutritionists argue that the tomato is a vegetable. This list can go on. Maybe it just came naturally, but it is still really good, yes! Words do have multiple meanings including vegetable like animal, vegetable or mineral. Archived. Taste of Home is America's #1 cooking magazine. Wow! Vegetables don’t pack this kind of punch. Good Hub. ), 2- it was classified this way in 1893 by the Supreme Court for trade reasons (imposing import taxes to protect growers). Yes, the tomato is a fruit as you now know, but peas, pumpkins and green pepper are fruits as well as they're all formed due to pollination. Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. In 2001, the European Union declared carrots, sweet potatoes, and the now thoroughly confused tomatoes all to be fruits, at least for the purpose of making jam.

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