Thursday, 21 June 2007

Isn a Tomato a fruit or a Vegetable?

The main prompt of this post is that my girlfriend is pretty sure that a tomato is a vegetable. Her mother thinks the same thing to. Well I got news for you:

You see the problem is, that the Spanish have lived in a closed society for so long, that what they are told by friends and parents has to be true, and there is no way that it can be challenged, because what ever 'real knowledge' is, it's not the same as Spanish knowledge. Read and weep!!

"Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

"The confusion about 'fruit' and 'vegetable' arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). Blueberries, raspberries, and oranges are true fruits, and so are many kinds of nut. Some plants have a soft part which supports the seeds and is also called a 'fruit', though it is not developed from the ovary: the strawberry is an example. As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits may be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking. The tomato, though technically a fruit, is often used as a vegetable, and a bean pod is also technically a fruit. The term 'vegetable' is more generally used of other edible parts of plants, such as cabbage leaves, celery stalks, and potato tubers, which are not strictly the fruit of the plant from which they come. Occasionally the term 'fruit' may be used to refer to a part of a plant which is not a fruit, but which is used in sweet cooking: rhubarb, for example. So a tomato is the fruit of the tomato plant, but can be used as a vegetable in cooking."

http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutother/tomato?view=uk

So get over it, your wrong!

10 comments:

Bego said...

I've read your intro to my mum and she has claim...
A tomato is a vegetable!!!


Yo've got so many things to learn, little one...

;)

Monica said...

hahahaha, You get over it, english people are so ... they think they know everything, but maybe tomato is a vegetable in SPAIN!!!
xxxx

Anonymous said...

Toda fruta tiene una composición química que se llama fructosa, es parecido a la sacarosa y al azucar, el tomate no tiene esa composición química.
La aceituna no es una fruta, sino el fruto del olivo, así tambien se dice el fruto de tu vientre y no quiere decir que el niño que nació sea un melocotón

Rocksport1 said...

Anomimo, puedes por favor decirme donde has encontrado esa informacion?

Rocksport1 said...

Google it people, google it...that will give you the true!

Aran said...

jajaja. I thought a tomato was a vegetable but, after reading this post, I've looked for the definition in the RAE (Dictionary of the Spanish Real Academy) and.....¡A tomato is a fruit!
The definition of tomato in Spanish is:

"Fruto de la tomatera, que es una baya casi roja, de superficie lisa y brillante, en cuya pulpa hay numerosas semillas, algo aplastadas y amarillas"

Monica said...

I cant believe this! Aran are you sure?
xxx

Bego said...

Sam have you seen what have you done???
Now you even have spanish anonimous!!

Yo said...

I have always thought that tomatoes were vegetables but i'm spanish... :P

Monica said...

Sam! venga! another post! a new one!
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