I need to log my food but I can’t remember is a tomato fruit or vegetable? What makes a fruit a fruit and what makes a vegetable a vegetable. Okay I looked it up here is the definition of fruit:
“The term fruit has different meanings depending on context. In botany, a fruit is the ripened ovary—together with seeds—of a flowering plant. In many species, the fruit incorporates the ripened ovary and surrounding tissues. Fruits are the means by which flowering plants disseminate seeds. In cuisine, when discussing fruit as food, the term usually refers to just those plant fruits that are sweet and fleshy, examples of which include plum, apple and orange. However, a great many common vegetables, as well as nuts and grains, are the fruit of the plant species they come from. No one terminology really fits the enormous variety that is found among plant fruits. Botanical terminology for fruits is inexact and will remain so.” (Wikipedia.org)
Are we clear now? Or just more confused? Don’t feel alone; I am confused too! But Science Bob says: “To really figure out if a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, you need to know what makes a fruit a fruit, and a vegetable a vegetable. The big question to ask is, DOES IT HAVE SEEDS? If the answer is yes, then technically, you have a FRUIT". This, of course, makes tomato a fruit. It also makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and walnuts all fruits as well. No way That is just too weird anyone for a little fruit salad Maybe some green beans and strawberries? very nice...
Geez okay VEGETABLES are things like radishes, celery, carrots, and lettuce that do not have seeds right? Well that we can see anyway. But i wasn't born yesterday I know they must have seeds somewhere, otherwise farmers couldn't plant them! Ha! so there! He he nothing gets by me! They are all fruits unless we cant see the seeds. Then they are vegetables. By these definitions, a pumpkin is a fruit and I am okay with that (I always thought it was a gourd who knew) but so are squash and zucchini. What wait a minute here I like my fruits sweet. On second thought I guess zucchini is okay who hasn't had yummy zucchini bread and muffins and one time I had squash ice cream and it was goooood. Okay we are good veggies that taste good sweet are really fruits. But that would mean that along with tomatoes and all squash, cucumbers, green beans and bell peppers are really fruits? They have seeds I hav eseen them. OMG and peas! Peas are already sweet it says so on the label. Oh Brother everything is a fruit. Oh Nuts! Nevermind don't wanna go there.
So what is the definition of vegetable then? Now I had to look that up too. Hey you can stop reading at any time but I am obsessed I gotta figure this out right now tonight. Honey bring me another glass of wine. Holy Cow is wine a fruit? It's made from fruit so fruit juice so maybe? Uh huh gotta count that . Oh Crap I just remebered juice is not allowed on this challenge. Okay back to the task at hand. If everything with a seed is a fruit what the heck is a veggie anyway. Ahh there are no such things as veggies dadadada daaaa! OMG read on!
“Vegetable is a culinary term. (yeah right tell that to my kids) Its definition has no scientific value (but apparently it has legal value, oh yeah you'll see) and is somewhat arbitrary and subjective. All parts of herbaceous plants eaten as food by humans, in whole or in part, are generally considered vegetables. Mushrooms, though belonging to the biological kingdom, fungi, are also commonly referred to as fruit of the plant species they come from. No one terminology really fits the enormous variety that is found among plant fruits. Botanical terminology for fruits is inexact and will remain so. Since ‘vegetable’ is not a botanical term, there is no contradiction in referring to a plant part as a fruit while also being considered a vegetable. Given this general rule of thumb, vegetables can include leaves (lettuce), stems (asparagus), roots (carrots), flowers (broccoli), bulbs (garlic), seeds (peas and beans) and of course the botanical fruits like cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, and capsicums.” (Wikipedia.org)
Okay so that means if you are speaking in a scientific context, then pumpkin, tomato, capsicum, cucumber, tomato and squash are FRUITS because they all have seeds. If you are speaking in culinary terms, they can be properly called VEGETABLES. Good Okay Case solved. Right? Well no, not quite. Sorry girls......The United States Supreme Court entered into this debate and gave a legal verdict on whether a tomato should be classified as a vegetable or a fruit. (Truly! hard to believe I know, that the status of a tomato could be that important that the highest judicial court of the land would have to consider it but they did!) and.....they decided unanimously!!!!!, in Nix versus Hedden, 1883, that a tomato is a vegetable, even though it is a botanical fruit.
So, there you have the difference between fruit and vegetable and an amazing nutrition fact. A tomato is a fruit AND a vegetable. A pumpkin is also a fruit and a vegetable. The age-old question of "Is it a fruit or vegetable?" has been resolved. So to get to the point of this story .......If we eat a tomato Mrs. Honey can we count it as both a fruit and veggie? Sort of a bonus? I mean this took a lot of research and reading. Oh never mind I ate so much at the wedding we attended today I'm sure I have plenty of fruits and veggies for today. Honey (DH is the Honey in our house) bring me that win ....I mean fruit juice.