This issue has been long debated for ages. Tomatoes are considered one of the most versatile pieces the Earth could offer. It is sweet with a sour after-taste, usually used in salads.
If you could recall your botany lesson about fruits, it is usually grown from flowers, has seeds, and assists in the reproduction process. In contrast, vegetables are considered as the roots, leaves, or stem of its plant.
When talking about cooking, chefs describe fruits as sweet or tangy and have a soft texture. While the veggies, they consider it as bland, or it may have a sharp flavor. So, is tomato considered a fruit? Actually, tomatoes are both considered vegetables and fruit.
Based on science, tomatoes are considered as a fruit. Tomatoes have seeds in them, and they can be planted through a seedling. Tomato plants bloom flowers before producing the fruit itself. Every fruit known is considered to have characteristics like this. On the other hand, as technology arises, they have scientifically altered some tomato species into not having seeds and are still considered a fruit.
The confusion began as tomatoes are always being paired with vegetables in the kitchen. It has a good reputation as an ingredient as it gives the dish a savory taste. Just a fact, this issue has also been debated in the US Supreme Court, just because an importer has argued that tomatoes should be treated as fruits because shipping vegetables have a higher tax.
After that, the case’s outcome has been decided, tomatoes shall be considered a vegetable for culinary purposes and will remain fruit for its scientific characteristics.
But tomatoes are not the only ones struggling with an identity crisis, kidding aside! These are the ladies’ fingers, eggplants, pods, squashes, cucumbers, and even peppers! With solemnity, tomatoes welcome you to the club!