The accurate and simple definition of vegetable is:
Part of a plant used as food.
The tomato maybe the fruit of the tomato plant but it is nonetheless still vegetable matter as is any other part of a plant that may be eaten, Such as the seeds, Flowers, Roots, Stems and leaves.
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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, (botanically) you have a FRUIT. This, Of course, Makes your tomato a fruit. It also makes cucumbers, Squash, Green beans and pumpkins all fruits as well. Along with the fruit from a plant or tree, We can often eat the leaves (lettuce, ) stems (celery, ) roots (carrots, ) and flowers (broccoli. ) Many of these other parts of the plant are typically referred to as VEGETABLES. Now don’t go looking for tomatoes next to the oranges in your grocery stores; fruits like tomatoes and green beans are usually (alas, Incorrectly) referred to as “vegetables” in most grocery stores and cookbooks.
Neither ‘vegetable’ nor ‘fruit’ is a botanical term. ‘Vegetables’ may indicate all the edible parts of a plant. Botanically seen, Fruits, Flowers, Leaves and stems are all categorised under ‘vegetables’. More specific ‘fruit’ is the part of a plant that contains the seeds. Within the botanical world you can therefore best describe a tomato specifically as a fruit, Rather than as a vegetable.
Vegetables are fruits because, By definition, Vegetables do not a seeds while fruits do. The reason salads, Carrots, And Potatoes are all vegetables are because they have no seed, And are grown from part of the vegetable it's self. Since Tomatoes have seeds and are grown from a Tomato seed, It is a fruit.
A tomato is’t a vegetable, But is used as a vegetable. Vegetables have no seeds, But Veggies don’t grow on trees or vines. Honestly I’ve been asked this question multiple time by my family beacause we like to confuse one a other. I’ve asked many other people two but they don’t know either. Can any one give a statement with good reasoning?
The definition of a fruit is that it has seeds. Now, Nutritionally, The term “fruit” is used to describe sweet and fleshy botanical fruits, And “vegetable” is used to indicate a wide variety of plant parts that are not so high in fructose. So with that I say that tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable.