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Are tomatoes, bananas, peas, and lima beans fruits or vegetables? 

 

Q. I thought tomatoes were a fruit. Bananas should be in the yellow category. Peas are a fruit?? And where are Lima beans listed??

 

A. Botanically speaking, tomatoes, peas, and lima beans are categorized as fruits, but due to their savory flavors are historically used as vegetables in main meals other than dessert.

 

Although the banana exterior is yellow, bananas are in the white list because the flesh is white.

 

 

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