Fruit or Vegetable?

From a gardener’s perspective a tomato is a fruit. It forms from the ovary of a flower and contains seeds. Therefore it is a fruit.

Now a cook might tell you different because tomatoes are not often used to sweeten a dish. They are served as vegetables so they are vegetables. Right?

Tell me your opinion for a chance to win an awesome Garden Patch Grow Box™ and a packet of ‘Jelly Bean’ and Roma tomato seeds from my Bountiful Best collection from Ferry-Morse Seed Company.

The winner will be announced Wednesday March 7, 2012.*

Congrats to Debbie Chen! She’s the winner of a Garden Patch Grow Box™. We suggest planting it with tomatoes!

*Winner will be selected by P. Allen Smith and his staff based on the merit of their comment. Click here to read the official rules and legal mumbo jumbo.

263 Responses to Fruit or Vegetable?

  1. Marilyn Kauppinen says:

    I vote for fruit. Tomatoes are sweet and juicy.

  2. Marilyn says:

    I call them fruit but eat them like veggies.

  3. Pat Stallings says:

    Who cares if they are fruit or vegetable. Homegrown tomatoes are
    just absolutely the best-tasting food you can put in your mouth! I wish I had one right now!

  4. Mauricia Kile says:

    Tomatoes will always be a vegetable to me. The explanation given above about the blooms; so squash, eggplants and many other vegetables that come from blooms are fruit?

  5. Judith Gordon says:

    Is the TOMATO a fruit or a vegetable? LETTUCE us ponder this dilemma. I would say it is a PEACH of a vegetable but others would say it is a fruit and there might be sour GRAPES. So, I decided to SQUASH this by sending you a CORNY response. Be the APPLE of my eye and PEAS select this answer for your contest!

  6. Jennifer Morris says:

    It is a fruit that is treated as a vegetable! (Just like a perennial that is treated as an annual!)

  7. I have always thought of tomatoes as a vegetable. They are planted, harvested
    and enjoyed with all the other vegetables.

  8. Joyce Carruthers says:

    Tecnnically tomatoes are fruits, but are used as a veggie.Tomatoes are the ONLY veggie(fruit) I plant in my garden. I use the Earth Box system – I have 3 and use the automatic watering system. Love It !!

  9. Kay harty says:

    P.ALLEN,THE TOMATO IS A FRUIT FOR THE RICHNESS THAT I LOVE EACH TIME I EAT A FRESH ONE RED IN COLOR OR YELLOW,OLD TIMEY.THANKS FOR FOR YOUR REFREASHING BLOG. KAY H. AR.

  10. Betty Banbury says:

    I want to grow Rhubarb in Chesapeake, VA. I’ve heard that you should harden then by putting them in the refrigerator for a week or so because it doesn’t get cold enough here. Thanks for your time.

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