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?

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263 Responses to Fruit or Vegetable?

  1. Barry Mc says:



  2. Maria says:

    Mom said a tomato was a vegatable. Don’t confuse her with vegetable or fruit. If mom ain’t happy, nobodies happy. So, we keep mom happy and we all win! Remember she took care of us and did all the cooking.

  3. Fran says:

    As far back as I can remember my Grandmother always told me it was a fruit. But now the thought of making tomato sauce with a fruit does sound a little strange to me.

  4. Sarah Mooring says:

    It’s the Law of the Land. The Supreme Court ruled the tomato is a vegetable with it’s decision issued on May 10, 1893 in Nix vs. Hedden. This came about because of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, there were tariffs placed on tomatoes imported from the West Indies because they were considered a vegetable, and imported vegetables were subject to tariffs.
    Just thought I would share.

  5. Dorothy says:

    Good tomatoes are juicy, like fruit, but no matter what they are I don’t think there’s anything better than a fresh-from-the-garden sweet tomato!

  6. Kathy Casperson says:

    A tomato as a fruit or vegetable is IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER! My golden retriever playfully tosses the cherry tomatoes in the air multiple times before biting through and eating the juicy balls. My mom, who has recently passed, adored BLT’s and made them regularly for lunch or supper. My dad would daily take suckers off the plants in hope to encourage large produce with the consequences that his fingers quickly stained green. When little, our three daughters would steal ripe tomatoes off the vine and eat them outside, like an apple, with a salt shaker in hand. AND I would stake and fertilize the vines to encourage them to grow tree-like, and reach to the sky while watching the colorful fruit and vegetable produce bow to the gardeners out reached hands.

  7. allan graupman says:

    I grow tomatoes every year. I attribute a tomato as a fruit and as a vegetable. It depends on how you use it.
    Most fruit comes from trees. Berries come from bushes. So if I have a plant that looks somewhat like a bush I can call my tomato a fruit.
    I make all sorts of stuff from tomatoes. I can them using traditional methods. I make tomato jam. I make tomato sauce, marinara sauce, and so on.
    So there should be a contest to rename the group of tomatoes into a new group where “fruit” and “vegetable” are combined somehow.
    good luck.

  8. Bessie Woolery says:

    I count a Tomato as a vegetable, because that’s how i use it all the time, and always have used it that way, and I am 77 years old.
    Thank You
    Bessie Woolery

  9. Margaret Tow says:

    A tomato is a versatile fruit that is great at any meal. It is delicious at breakfast with scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, toast and gravy, where it is a fruit. It is also delicious in salads and with other vegetable meals. Because of the type of fruit that it is, it can be eaten at any time. Otherwise, true Southerners just wouldn’t use it the way we do!

  10. Jean S. says:

    I have always known that the tomato is a fruit, but have always considered it to be a vegetable. Fresh ripe Jersey tomatoes, freshly picked from the garden, are so sweet that people should not have any problems accepting them as the fruit that they are.

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