Tomato a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Tomato a Fruit or a Vegetable?

Tomatoes are fruits. Nutritionists consider tomatoes a vegetable. Botanically speaking, a fruit is the ripened ovary of a flowering plant, while a vegetable is any other part of the plant used as food.

This is a fact that has been scientifically proven. The plant's fruit resembles a berry, an exceptional fruit, and the tomato plant is a flowering plant. So, by definition, the tomato is a fruit. Tomatoes are round and plump, like a cherry or a grape. The word "tomato" comes from the word "tomatl," which means "plump thing with a navel." However, a plant that bears tomatoes is considered a "tomato plant." The fruit is commonly referred to as a tomato.

The confusion about whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable comes from the fact that it is used as an ingredient in a salad or a sandwich. It is also used as a vegetable in cooking. An easy way to understand how a tomato is considered a fruit or a vegetable is to think about how we eat them. If we eat tomatoes as part of a fruit salad, then we believe them to be fruit. However, if we eat tomatoes as part of a vegetable casserole, we consider them vegetables.

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Nalini Murthy

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