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Are tomatoes classified as a fruit?


Q. Why do you have tomatoes under the vegetable list when it is a fruit?


A. Botanists or scientists classify tomatoes as a fruit because they’re part of the tomato plant that bears fruit from seeds. Cooks, however, consider tomatoes vegetables because of their savory or meaty taste. From a historical perspective, under the Tariff Act of 1883, the United States Supreme Court ruled the tomato is a vegetable based on several arguments including how they are usually served with dinner not dessert.

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