Is tomatoes fruit or vegetable?

tomatoes - tomatoes
China
December 7, 2006 10:12am CST
Is tomatoes fruit or vegetable?Sometimes i eat it as fruit,sometimes i cook egg and tomato soup.And you?
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@iAlicia (759)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Tomato The world really has two different meanings for the word fruit. There is the use of the word when you go to the grocery store, and then there's the use of the word by a botanist. In the grocery store, we generally understand a fruit to be a natural plant product that is sweet, and a vegetable to be a natural plant product that is not sweet. In this standard definition, apples, strawberries, grapes and bananas are all fruits, while green beans, tomatoes, squash and potatoes are all vegetables. Technically, however, this layman's definition is a bit off. The Encyclopedia Britannica sums it up like this: Fruit - in its strict botanical sense, the fleshy or dry ripened ovary of a plant, enclosing the seed or seeds. Thus, apricots, bananas, and grapes, as well as bean pods, corn grains, tomatoes, cucumbers, and (in their shells) acorns and almonds, are all technically fruits. This definition of fruit is very broad, and encompasses almost everything that contains seeds. Vegetables, then, are everything that's left. This includes: Root crops like potatoes, carrots and turnips Bulbs like onions and garlic Stems like asparagus Leaves like lettuce and cabbage Flowers like broccoli and cauliflower In other words, things that do not contain seeds are vegetables, in the technical sense. Everything else is a fruit.
• China
7 Dec 06
Thank you very much! I see ,I see.
@bonbon664 (3480)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
Technically speaking, it's a fruit, however, most people use it in ways it would be considered a vegetable.
• China
7 Dec 06
Thank for your reply.