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Dose a tomato count as a vegtable or a fruit? I think it is a vegtable

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Dose a tomato count as a vegtable or a fruit?

 I think it is a vegtable

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In supermarkets, tomatoes are placed in the vegetable section. However, from a biological point of view, tomatoes are technically fruits. When a flower is pollinated, the ovary at the base of the flower enlarges, and the fertilized eggs inside the ovules, become seeds. The ovary enlarges even more and this becomes a fruit. Since a tomato contains seeds inside, it is actually a ripened ovary and therefore, it is a fruit and not a vegetable. The tiny seeds inside can be planted, because they contain fertilized eggs. These can be grown into new tomato plants. Anything that contains seeds is technically a fruit and not a vegetable. These include cucumbers, peppers and pea pods.

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This topic comes up alot in teaching in the elementary grades. Many students think a tomato is only a vegetable because it does not have any sweetness like most fruits do. 

Fruits have seeds and that is one way that they can remember. The most important thing is that students know the tomato is often seen in the vegetable group and placed that way in pictures but it is also a fruit.

Technically it probably goes by the structure and make up of the tomato, but then characteristics other than that such as if it is sweet or not or what you make with it determines what it is.

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Tomatoes are fruits,

Because we can eat tomatoes without cooking.

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they are both fruits and vegetables.if u look at it form a biological point of view.

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Tomatoes are fruits

 

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