Answer: Botanically speaking, tomatoes are classified as fruits--they are an enlarged ovary containing seeds. By this definition, pumpkins, squash, pepper, eggplant, etc. are also fruits. The word "vegetable" is not a botanical term.<br><br>In the vernacular, the word vegetable usually refers to plants eaten as a main course or salad, while fruits tend to be eaten as desserts or in sweet preparations.
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