Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable ??? what do you think?

@goergineo (1498)
Jordan
April 24, 2008 5:46am CST
I ask a lot of people. half say it is a fruit. the other half say it is a vegetable. what is it?
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• Philippines
24 Apr 08
Based on what I remember from science class way back my highschool days, tomato is really a fruit. So, generally speaking, if it has seeds, it is a fruit...(i just dont know if there are exceptions). So you consider a vegetable "a vegetable" if it doesn't have seeds...like the green leafy vegetables. so, Cucumber is a fruit, etc..
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@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
I think you are making a good point here. I am more biased to considering it as a fruit. thanks for replay
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@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
tomato's a fruit if 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. that's what i got in my research hope that it won't bother you anymore
• Canada
2 May 08
I say it is a vegetable it does not go well with fruits and its in the vegetable section. it belongs in vegetable salads not fruit salads!
@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
2 May 08
i'm not forcing you to believe in what i have researched. believe just what you wanted to believe
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
I think the whole picture I can see Now that it is fruit but used as a vegetable.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
8 May 08
This question is not an opinion. I know it is a fruit. Because people use blueberries and apples like a vegetable doesn't make them a vegetable. They are fruits. No ifs, ands or buts. It is a fruit. This is why. Fruits contain seeds. Vegetables do not. Look it up. Cucumbers are also fruits. Now if you are in the United States the Supreme Court ruled it a vegetable. Yes they did. Look it up. It was around 1888. But regardless of what the US Supreme Court says it is still classified as a fruit.
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
yes you are super right. It is a fruit although it is used as a vegetable. they have seeds. yeah that is right. you are hitting the point. thanks
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
9 May 08
I had plans to become a botanist and work with plants in a lab. Possibly creating medicine. However my landscaping company took off and my plans have changed. One of the reasons why I came to myLot is to help people with plant questions.
• United States
8 May 08
calling something a fruit or vegetable is basically just habit; based mainly on whether it is sweet or not. there are three classifications for "edible vegetation": fruit - the ovary of the plant - the part that contains the seeds for reproduction - this includes tomatoes, cucumbers and squash, as well as oranges, melons and apples root - where the edible part is mainly underground - carrots, turnips and potatoes leaf - where the edible part is leafy - lettuce, cabbage and rhubarb hhhmmm - does a banana have seeds?
• India
5 May 08
neither a fruit nor a vegitable. It has characteristics of both. So we cant really put it into any single category.Ummm a new category maybe??!!.. Vegfruit?/ ;)
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
well, I think the dictionary is thick enough but it is a good point you are making here blue4ever. as I have been told it is classified as a fruit but used as a vegetable.
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@Marg12 (329)
• United States
5 May 08
What a great discussion. Everyone has their reasons on why it is a fruit or a vegetable. I myself believe that it a fruit only because that was always what I was told.But it seems that people have lots of good reasons to call it a vegetable. So I guess the tomato needs to have it's very own category. It is good in a salad, it is great in sauces, it is great cooked, and it is just about anyway you want to prepare it. And it is very healthy, so guess it comes very close to being the perfect food.
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
A good point you are making here. yeah, I do agree it is a perfect food.
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@itsmepinky (1301)
• India
5 May 08
I think it is a veggie. ~Pinks~
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
well, I do not think so. most people here say it is a fruit but used as vegetable.
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
5 May 08
Hi There! Well, a tomato is referred to as a fruit. I am not totally sure of why this is...but that is what it is. I know if I had the option of biting into an apple or a tomato I would go with the apple everytime! cheers,
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
It is a fruit and it is used as a vegetable as I have been told.
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@podqueen (344)
5 May 08
Tomatoes are classified as fruit.
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
yeah. I think you are right, it is a fruit but used as a vegetable.
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@kosykosy (160)
• Ghana
2 May 08
Isn't it a veggie?
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
I do not think so.
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
2 May 08
This continues to be one fruit that no one can pin down. The experts say its a fruit but to me it is more suited as a vegetable. I do eat it just lke a fruit sometimes but even so it is so different in taste. in my book that a vegetable. (lol)
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
this has been good. although I did not get a clear answer whether it is a fruit or a vegetable, you still making a good point here.
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@kezabelle (2985)
24 Apr 08
It is definatley a fruit! If you look on the ones that have packaging on them it says on there they are fruit.
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
I am more biased to considering it as a fruit. thanks for replay.
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• Philippines
24 Apr 08
tomato really is a fruit.. thats the truth
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
I think it is. thanks for replay dear.
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@gcrew931 (230)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
Yeah it does get confusing. A lot of people I know insists that it is a fruit. I'm guessing though that it is a vegetable because it is from the family of eggplants and tomatos. I'm not saying that this is the truth though because I'm just guessing. If anyone knows any better feel free to enlighten us please.
@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
8 May 08
Thanks for sharing and I am going to explore.
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@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I have always heard that it is a fruit because it has seeds.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Tomato is a fruit even thou alot say it's a vegetable. Look it up. It's classified as a fruit.
@snowy22315 (42027)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I think it is technically a fruit however most people treat it as a vegetable, because it tastes more like a vegetable. In a bowl of fruit you rarely see a tomato because they are not sweet like other fruits.
@jerrly (74)
• China
17 Jun 08
This is really difficult to figure out. But for me it is a fruit if you are going to bite it like an apple he he he! But it is a vegetable if my mom or my sister will use it as one of the ingredients ha ha he! But the real thing I heard about tomatoes --- it is a kind of fruit that's why my father loves to bite it like an apple and I do, too! lol!
@chennai_b02 (1735)
• India
17 Jun 08
Tomato - tomato..
It has play a duel role Based on its nature.. Yes, Tomato is the Fruit: because we used to put the Juice by using the Tomato.. So this is called the Fruit.. Yes, Tomto is the Vegetable : Because we are using the Totamo for our food, to prepare the Rasam and the tomato will play a main role and also peple used to eat the Tomato rice very often. So, this can called as a vetetables also.. we have more items like this will play the duel role and more roles by ites nature.. for example "Water.."
@sanzi1201 (644)
• China
15 May 08
It's a kind of vegetable as like the cucumber.I think the fruit can only be eaten with raw.And vegetable could be cooked or eaten by raw.I like eat both of them raw.hehe