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#1 Old 01-14-2017, 01:00 AM
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The Difference between Fruits and Vegetables

Are tomatoes is fruit or vegetable? Do you know the correct answer?
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. Some plants have a soft part which supports the seeds and is also called a 'fruit', though it is not developed from the ovary: the strawberry is an example.
As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits, such as tomatoes or bean pods, may be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking. 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, the answer to the question is that a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it's used as a vegetable in cooking.
Reference: Oxford Dictionary.
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Knowledge is knowing tomatoes are a fruit. Wisdom is not putting tomatoes in a smoothie. Philosophy is wondering if ketchup technically counts as a smoothie...

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Wikipedia says the term "vegetable" is arbitrary and is usually defined by culinary and cultural tradition. It also says in biology all parts of a plant. Wikipedia says that "vegetable" normally excludes fruit but does "normally" mean fruit is always excluded? A tomato can probably be considered both a fruit and a vegetable. There are many fruits that are considered vegetables, like zucchini, squash, cucumber, peppers, eggplant.
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