Sunday, July 5, 2009

Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable ?

Nugget :Botanically the tomato is a fruit, it was declared a vegetable by the Supreme Court in 1893.

The confusion about 'fruit' and 'vegetable' arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. 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 (though cultivated forms may be seedless). Blueberries, raspberries, and oranges are true fruits, and so are many kinds of nut.

The term 'vegetable' is more generally used of other edible parts of plants, such as cabbage leaves, celery stalks, and potato tubers, which are not strictly the fruit of the plant from which they come. Occasionally the term 'fruit' may be used to refer to a part of a plant which is not a fruit, but which is used in sweet cooking: rhubarb, for example. So a tomato is the fruit of the tomato plant, but can be used as a vegetable in cooking.

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  1. declared by the supreme court?? didnt know they have the prerogative to do that. hmmm

  2. Oh, i believe they hav a serious arguement ovr this issue that bring em to the court

  3. great site, keep it up the good work.