Is tomato a fruit or a vegetable??
16 Jul 09
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.
14 Jul 09
In scientific terms tomato is a fruit. It contains the seed so is therefore a fruit and not a vegetable. It is often used like a vegetable in cooking so that is where the idea of a tomato being a vegetable comes from. I have always grown up thinking of a tomato as a fruit. I can understand why many people like to think of it as a vegetable though. But it all comes down to what part of the plant the fruit or vegetable came from.
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14 Jul 09
It's the fruit that eats like a vegatable. I am pretty sure it is classified as a fruit though. Although I have found tomato cake to be pretty tastey. I can't think of too many instances where it is used as a fruit. If anyone has any recipies for tomatoe based deserts, I 'd love them.
15 Jul 09
For us here in house it's vegetable in the sense that this is being use or cook with vegetables. Though some people eat tomato like a fruit, make juice out of it. Here with us tomato is purely for cooking only as a spice with the other kinds as onion and garlic. The term may differ maybe because of purpose which depends on the consumers.
15 Jul 09
Hi Neha, Just like the cucumber, I have always considered tomato as a vegetable though scientifically speaking, all veggies are ‘fruits’ of the plants LOL But they way we eat tomatoes and cucumber raw as in salads and then use tomato in cooking too, I think they would be more in the veggy section than fruits.