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Question: Why is tomato a fruit?

Answer: The tomato is a vegetable fruit. So it's both a fruit and a vegetable. 

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Actually, the tomato is a vegetable fruit! In the scientific sense fruits are mature plant ovaries, but what we eat often includes adjacent or accessory parts of the mother plant.

For example the true "fruit" part of a strawberry (which is actually not a berry at all, but an "accessory fruit" like the apple!) is those tiny brown seeds or "achenes" embedded on the surface of the sweet juicy strawberry, which is an edible part of the mother flower.

The tomato is a special type of fruit called a berry, that consists of a single ovary with many seeds surrounded by juicy flesh.

Grapes are another example of berry fruits, but we grow them differently than tomatoes because grapevines are long-lived woody plants.

So why are tomatoes considered vegetable fruits? Because they grow on leafy green vines that we plant each spring along with other vegetable fruits like peas and pumpkins that only survive for one summer.

The true vegetables are foods like spinach or cabbage that are grown and eaten immature as leaves or leafy buds, before they produce their fruits and seeds.

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