Are Tomatoes Vegetables or Fruits - Knowledgebase Question

Kearny, NJ
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Question by jnelo
November 29, 1997
What are tomatoes? Veggie or fruit? Simple question, difficult answer.

Answer from NGA
November 29, 1997
Tomatoes are a fruit. They are in a family called simple fruits along with cherry, peach, pear, apple. Simple fruits develop from a single ovary. Botanically speaking, tomatoes are a fruit because they develop from a flower as do other fruits commonly referred to as vegetables such as squash, cucumber, and eggplant. We call them vegetables because they are customarily served as such. I have seen a recipe for tomato cake though! That wasn't so difficult now was it? Smiling

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