Is tomato a vegetable or a fruit?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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.


    1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Lycopersicon, of the nightshade family, native to Mexico and Central and South America, esp. the widely cultivated species L. lycopersicum, bearing a mildly acid, pulpy, usually red fruit eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable.

    2. the fruit itself


    2. the developed ovary of a seed plant with its contents and accessory parts, as the pea pod, nut, tomato, or pineapple.

  • 1 decade ago

    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 may be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking. The tomato, though technically a fruit, is often used as a vegetable, and a bean pod is also technically a fruit. 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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  • 4 years ago

    The variety of the tomato may well be complicated. yet there are key issues to notice. it may truly be seen a vegetable and a fruit on the comparable time according to which context that's in. Scientifically, that's seen a fruit in view that's truly the ovary enclosed with seeds that got here from a coming up flower. in spite of the undeniable fact that, as a results of its culinary utilization, because of the fact it does not have the customary "candy" style of maximum different end result, that's often categorised as a vegetable. that's maximum often served with different greens particularly than with end result or candy cakes. in spite of the undeniable fact that, some desire making use of the scientific definition whilst cooking, even with it no longer being arranged as a fruit. additionally, the U. S. preferrred courtroom declared the tomato as a vegetable in undemanding terms on the actuality that that's used maximum often as a vegetable whilst it includes paying a tax under a tariff act. consequently, some "greens" which contain cucumbers and squashes are additionally end bring about accordance to scientific definition.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A fruit but the calorie count of a vegetable

  • 1 decade ago

    A tomato is a fruit.

  • 1 decade ago

    A tomato is a giant berry, so it's a fruit, but most people think of it as a vegetable.

    Apparently the people who think that vegetables don't have seeds have never eaten squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, beans, peas... ;-)

    Bananas do have tiny seeds. They're more obvious in ripe bananas than in green ones. I don't know if they actually produce anything, but they're there.

  • 1 decade ago

    it's a fruit that thinks like a vegetable

  • 1 decade ago

    Definately a fruit

  • 1 decade ago

    tomatoes are fruits because they grow from a vine.

    veges grow below ground,or from a stalk

    a vine fruit is a fruit

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