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Debate: Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

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The word 'fruit' really meens 'reproducing fertily' and that is what seeds are for. Any 'fruit' must have seeds. This makes the literal meaning correct. All fruit have seeds and that applies to all fruit. If a "vegetable" has seeds, then actually it is a fruit. This is simply a technical thing about fruit. All fruit have seeds and anything withs seeds is fruit. Tomatoes often get mistaken as being vegetables because they have characteristics like vegetables but the golden rule for identifying fruit is that they have seeds and only fruit have seeds. Because tomatoes have seeds, they must be fruit. The word 'fruit' really meens 'reproducing fertily' and that is what seeds are for. Any 'fruit' must have seeds. This makes the literal meaning correct. All fruit have seeds and that applies to all fruit. If a "vegetable" has seeds, then actually it is a fruit. This is simply a technical thing about fruit. All fruit have seeds and anything withs seeds is fruit. Tomatoes often get mistaken as being vegetables because they have characteristics like vegetables but the golden rule for identifying fruit is that they have seeds and only fruit have seeds. Because tomatoes have seeds, they must be fruit.

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Is the tomato a fruit?

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Background and Context of Debate:

People often get mixed up as to whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable. Just to clear the confusion up, tomatoes are actually fruit, but there are still a lot of things similar to that of vegetables.

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Tomatoes have seeds.

The word 'fruit' really meens 'reproducing fertily' and that is what seeds are for. Any 'fruit' must have seeds. This makes the literal meaning correct. All fruit have seeds and that applies to all fruit. If a "vegetable" has seeds, then actually it is a fruit. This is simply a technical thing about fruit. All fruit have seeds and anything withs seeds is fruit. Tomatoes often get mistaken as being vegetables because they have characteristics like vegetables but the golden rule for identifying fruit is that they have seeds and only fruit have seeds. Because tomatoes have seeds, they must be fruit.

Another fruit is also often mistaken as a "vegetable" and that is the pumpkin. The same principle does apply for this and really, pumpkin is a fruit.

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Ask Oxford - [1]

Science Bob Q&As:Tomato - [2]

Green Nature Facts - [3]

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