Is the Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?

There’s often confusion over whether the tomato is a fruit or vegetable. Even though the tomato is a fruit, it is usually treated like a vegetable by chefs.

The reason the tomato is technically a fruit is because it contains seeds. Vegetables do not contain seeds. Guess what? Because of their seeds, cucumbers and squash are fruits as well!

Here’s a good explanation about the confusion from AskOxford.com:

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) … As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits may be called ‘vegetables’ because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking.


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my bf is stupid…he thought a mater was a veggie…go figure…well after all he is from W.V LOL

my grandmother said that u guys are wrong and i said ur right i should have done a bet

wow that is stupid to make your sis give you a dime you should have done a $5 bet about the tomato

MY SISTER OWES ME A DIME!!!
I PROVED THAT TOMATO WAS A FRUIT!!!
Post comment if you think this is right!!!

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