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Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

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What are the characteristics of a tomato plant. Is it a fruit or a vegetable?


Posted by: Michael kolade (1 point) Michael kolade
Posted: April 28, 2015




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It is considered to be a fruit (in the botanical sense, that is the correct designation) because the tomato comes from a flower. A vegetable on the other hand, comes from the vegetative part of the plant - such as spinach, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, beets, cabbage - we are eating roots, stems or leaves. However, in common use, many plants we grow are called vegetables, though they are technically fruits - cucumbers, melons, squash, peppers, eggplant - nothing much wrong with using the word vegetable in everyday conversation.


Posted by: Charlie B. (84 points) Charlie B.
Posted: May 5, 2015




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It is a fruit. It develops from the fertilized ovary of the flower.

Read our entry here https://www.plantvillage.com/en/topic...


Posted by: David Hughes (34 points) David Hughes
Posted: April 28, 2015




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While botanically it is a fruit (a tomato is a berry), in the United States, the tomato has legally been a vegetable since 1893. The decision Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 by the Supreme Court held that it was a vegetable according to common usage of the word, not botanical. This is important because tariffs on fruit and vegetables are different. They're usually much higher on fruit, so since such large quantities of tomatoes are imported, it makes a big $$ difference.


Posted by: Randi Jimenez (1 point) Randi Jimenez
Posted: June 17, 2015




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