The confusion about ‘fruit’ and ‘vegetable’ arises because of the differences in usage between the cooks and the scientists.
Scientifically speaking, a tomato is considered as a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant. For instance, oranges are true fruits, and so are many kinds of nut. Some plants have a soft part which supports the seeds and is also called a ‘fruit’, though it is not developed from the ovary: the strawberry is a characteristic example.
As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits, such as tomatoes, may be called ‘vegetables’ because they are often used in savoury (e.g salads) rather than sweet cooking. The term ‘vegetable’ is more generally used of other edible parts of plants, such as cabbage leaves and potato tubers, which are not strictly the fruit of the plant from which they come.
Sometimes the term ‘fruit’ may be used to refer to a part of a plant which is not a fruit, but which is used in sweet cooking. For that reason, tomato is considered as a “culinary vegetable ” because it has a much lower sugar content than culinary fruits; it is typically served as part of a salad or main course of a meal, rather than as a dessert.
So, the answer to the question is that a Tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it’s mostly used as a vegetable in our cooking! #tomato #red #fruit #vegetable #thequestion #theanswer #eatwell #nutrition #difference #healthy #lifestyle #eatright #eatyourcolors #eatyourveggies #gocolourful #change #doitnow #nutritionfacts #nutritioncoach #diet
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