|I need to know if the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. Or maybe it was a vegetable and has been re-classified as a fruit? Inquiring minds need to know, so, thanks in advance.|
|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.
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.