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Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

Is the Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?

Is the Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?

Although we use tomatoes as vegetables, they are actually classified by botanists as fruits. The word “fruit” usually describes any fleshy part of a plant that has developed from a flower and has seeds.

(Vegetables are foods from the leaves, stems, roots, and other edible parts of a plant.)

There is an interesting fact about this tomato question: because the tomato is used in soups and is served in many ways as a vegetable in the main part of a meal, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1893 classified the tomato as a vegetable for the purposes of trade.

Content for this question contributed by Pam Nassiff, resident of North Tonawanda, Niagara County, New York, USA