What is tomato: a fruit or a vegetable?


Tomato, one of the key foods in our diet, has generated many doubts about whether it is a fruit, a vegetable or a vegetable. To this day, every time we go to a supermarket, we find it in the vegetable section, but ... You are in the right place?

The truth is that in order to keep it better the same, yes, but ... perhaps it is better to change the section.

Tomato garden

To make it easier to get the answer we are looking for, let's see what we call fruit and what vegetable.

  • Fruits: they are the edible fruits of many plants. Inside we find the seeds surrounded by a more or less fleshy pulp with a high degree of humidity.
  • Vegetables: they are vegetables whose predominant color is green. These are plants from which the leaves and stems are used.

With this in mind, tomatoes are fruits. It is true that they are not usually served as a dessert, but they are the fruit of the plant which belongs to the botanical genus Solanum.

Where does the confusion come from?


This dispute It started a long time ago, in the year 1887 in the United States. At that time a law was passed that assigned taxes to imported vegetables, but not to fruits. All those companies that imported tomatoes argued that they were exempt from the tax since at the end of the day the tomato is a fruit.

However, the government claimed that since it was served in salad and not as dessert, it was a vegetable and therefore importers had to pay.

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