Answer: Your question may be answered differently depending upon whom you ask! Botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit because it develops from the ovary of the plant after fertilization occurs. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, ruled in 1893 that since the tomato was used as a vegetable and eaten with the main part of the meal instead of with dessert, it should be legally classified as a vegetable. That ruling has stood since then.
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