tomatoes

@vanities (11376)
Davao, Philippines
February 19, 2007 11:44pm CST
its one of the most used in the kitchen,especially in cooking our food..what do you think the classification of tomato is it a fruit or a spices??
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
26 Jan 08
Oh my god. its such a old discussion. still i think its a fruit. i have read it is fruit as it is considered.
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@pumpkinjam (5774)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 08
A tomato is a fruit. I know some people think it is a vegetable but I have never known anyone to consider it a spice. It has pips on the inside which makes it a fruit. (Well, that's simplfied but that's the basic idea)
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
26 Jan 08
Hello dear vantities. I love tomatoes very much. Here in China we usaully have many ways to cook tomatoes. We cook tomatoes with eggs and we also cook tomato-egg soup. Tomato is said to be very nutrient. Also we love to eat tomato in salad with some white sugar mixed together.
• India
12 Dec 07
I eat nuts for healthy consideration and taste.I like to have them with my family with fruit in hand and chat. I'm not now much of a fruit eater & never really have been much of one. But I love eating bananas the most. Ever so often I get into a pineapple kick. I eat them as they come mostly. Canned pineapple though. I hate having to cut them myself. Once in awhile Ill buy fires sliced pineapples from the local stores.
• Malaysia
7 Aug 07
Hmmm... to me a tomato is not a fruit, neither a type of spice. To me tomato is a type of vegetable. I use it to cook soup, and I often add tomatoes to dishes that need some sour taste in it. It is a good replacement of tamarind paste, and the taste is not totally sour but mixed with a little sweet. That's what making tomatoes unique. I eat it raw too, just like some other vegetables such as carrot and celeries.
@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
17 Jul 07
Tomato - Fruit or Vegetable - Botanically speaking, tomato is a fruit. Horticulturally speaking, it is a vegetable.
Botanically speaking, the tomato you eat is a fruit. So is a watermelon, green pepper, eggplant, cucumber, and squash. A "fruit" is any fleshy material covering a seed or seeds. Horticulturally speaking, the tomato is a vegetable plant. The plant is an annual and nonwoody. Most fruits, from a horticulture perspective, are grown on a woody plant (apples, cherries, raspberries, oranges) with the exception of strawberries. In 1893, the United States Supreme Court ruled the tomato was a "vegetable" and therefore subject to import taxes. The suit was brought by a consortium of growers who wanted it declared a vegetable to protect U.S. crop development and prices. Fruits, at that time, were not subjected to import taxes and foreign countries could flood the market with lower priced produce. (A hundred years really hasn't changed anything.) Source: http://www.solutions.uiuc.edu/content.cfm?series=4&item=514&Parents=0%7C67
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
15 Jul 07
tomato is a fruit, it grows on a vine.
@xiuluoelly (1225)
• China
14 Jul 07
I think the tomato is a fruit,and most people will tink so, just not aware of this understanding is not correct, do you think?
• United States
13 Jul 07
I have never heard tomatoes classified as a spice. I have heard the arguement is it a fruit or is it a vegetable? I know that it's technically a fruit, but I consider a vegetable. I mean I don't eat it in a fruit salad. I put it on sandwhiches and vegie salads.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
20 Feb 07
The humble and most verstile tomato is actually classifed as a fruit, not a veggie.
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
its considered as a fruit..i dont know why it is such coz when im still a boy my mom told me its one of the spices..
@joy1982 (226)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
tomato can also be called as vegetable because its always serve in a meal or in a desert,but if we will based on the meaning of its scientific name it is called a fruit..
@shilpaum (1753)
• India
20 Feb 07
Spices are strongly flavored or aromatic parts of plants used in small quantities in food as a preservative, or flavouring in cooking. Tomato, no doubt used in many of the recipes but still it's a fruit vegetable.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
Tomatoes classify as a fruit. But mostly it's used for food flavoring or ingredients.