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Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

To figure out if a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, you need to know what makes a fruit a fruit, and a vegetable a vegetable.  The key question for this is: DOES IT HAVE SEEDS?

If the answer is yes, then technically, (botanically speaking that is) you have a FRUIT. This therefore makes your tomato a fruit. But then it also makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and pumpkins fruits as well.

Along with the fruit from a plant or tree, we can often eat the leaves (lettuce), stems (celery), roots (carrots), and flowers (broccoli).  Many of these other parts of the plant are typically referred to as VEGETABLES.

Now don’t go looking for tomatoes next to the apples in your grocery stores; fruits like tomatoes and green beans are usually referred to as “vegetables” in most grocery stores and cookbooks (alas, incorrectly) .  And for the purposes of Weightless10 we are going to continue in the the propagation of “fake news” and label tomatoes and all those sneaky vegetable-like fruits as vegetables when categorizing our food products.

Whilst we are on this point,  a banana plant is technically a large herb, distantly related to ginger, and so bananas are actually herbs not fruits.

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