View Poll Results: What is a tomato?

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  • Vegetable

    10 45.45%
  • Fruit

    9 40.91%
  • Both

    3 13.64%
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    0 0%
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    Default FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

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    Last edited by Dawood Usmani; 04-Jul-2011 at 22:26.

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    It's a fruit. Isn't it?

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    It's a fruit but we use it as a vegetable. Am I right?

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nudrat Nazeer View Post
    It's a fruit but we use it as a vegetable. Am I right?
    Depends. How do you use vegetables?

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    Question Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Depends. How do you use vegetables?
    We cook vegetables. How do you use them?

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nudrat Nazeer View Post
    It's a fruit but we use it as a vegetable. Am I right?
    I would say yes to this (although we also cook some other fruit at times.) Tomatoes are commonly thought of by non-botanists as vegetables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I would say yes to this (although we also cook some other fruit at times.) Tomatoes are commonly thought of by non-botanists as vegetables.
    Thanks, sir.

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I would say yes to this (although we also cook some other fruit at times.) Tomatoes are commonly thought of by non-botanists as vegetables.
    UFOs are commonly thought of by non-scientists as alien space craft. That doesn't make them so.

    Tomatoes form from the ovary of the flower; they grow on a stalk with a calyx at the base, and they're full of seeds - just like apples, plums, strawberries.
    Still, it's not a big deal.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fruit - usage note:
    fruit (frt)
    The ripened ovary of a flowering plant that contains the seeds, sometimes fused with other parts of the plant. Fruits can be dry or fleshy. Berries, nuts, grains, pods, and drupes are fruits. Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries alone, such as the tomato and pea pod, are called true fruits. Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries and other parts such as the receptacle or bracts, as in the apple, are called accessory fruits or false fruits. See also aggregate fruitmultiple fruitsimple fruit, See Note at berry.

    Usage To most of us, a fruit is a plant part that is eaten as a dessert or snack because it is sweet, but to a botanist a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant, and as such it may or may not taste sweet. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A peach, for example, contains a pit that can grow into a new peach tree, while the seeds known as peas can grow into another pea vine. To a botanist, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, pea pods, cucumbers, and winged maple seeds are all fruits. A vegetable is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. Thus, the leaf of spinach, the root of a carrot, the flower of broccoli, and the stalk of celery are all vegetables. In everyday, nonscientific speech we make the distinction between sweet plant parts (fruits) and nonsweet plant parts (vegetables). This is why we speak of peppers and cucumbers and squashall fruits in the eyes of a botanistas vegetables."

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    UFOs are commonly thought of by non-scientists as alien space craft. That doesn't make them so.

    Tomatoes form from the ovary of the flower; they grow on a stalk with a calyx at the base, and they're full of seeds - just like apples, plums, strawberries.
    Still, it's not a big deal.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fruit - usage note:
    fruit (frt)
    The ripened ovary of a flowering plant that contains the seeds, sometimes fused with other parts of the plant. Fruits can be dry or fleshy. Berries, nuts, grains, pods, and drupes are fruits. Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries alone, such as the tomato and pea pod, are called true fruits. Fruits that consist of ripened ovaries and other parts such as the receptacle or bracts, as in the apple, are called accessory fruits or false fruits. See also aggregate fruitmultiple fruitsimple fruit, See Note at berry.

    Usage To most of us, a fruit is a plant part that is eaten as a dessert or snack because it is sweet, but to a botanist a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant, and as such it may or may not taste sweet. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A peach, for example, contains a pit that can grow into a new peach tree, while the seeds known as peas can grow into another pea vine. To a botanist, apples, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, pea pods, cucumbers, and winged maple seeds are all fruits. A vegetable is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. Thus, the leaf of spinach, the root of a carrot, the flower of broccoli, and the stalk of celery are all vegetables. In everyday, nonscientific speech we make the distinction between sweet plant parts (fruits) and nonsweet plant parts (vegetables). This is why we speak of peppers and cucumbers and squashall fruits in the eyes of a botanistas vegetables."
    The criteria for truth and falsehood regarding material states of affairs (facts, objects, matter) are different from those governing cultural attitudes, beliefs, judgments, and the like (which are conventional, normative and essentially democratic). There is no credible evidence flying saucers even exist, so the point is not germane. The conventional belief according to which, for culinary purposes, and in culinary culture, tomatoes are considered vegetables, is separable from the factual matter that they grow above ground and contain seeds. :D

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    Default Re: FRUIT OR VEGETABLE?

    I think, if the edible part grows under the ground or is a stem - the thing is a vegetable. If the edible part grows on a stem (or a tree) - the thing is a fruit. But I have voted for the vegetable, though the tomato is a fruit ... I don't know why.
    Last edited by Jazz_4; 05-Jul-2011 at 04:32.

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