You say tomāto, I say tomăto

Tomato technicalities: So, is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Scientists and cooks have different takes. Scientifically, a tomato is a fruit and a true fruit only. Fruits all develop from the ovary in the base of a flower. Blueberries, oranges and even some nuts are true fruits. The strawberry is one exception as it is not developed from an ovary and still called a fruit. But, if a tomato is a fruit, why don’t we use it in a fruit salad? As far as cooking is concerned, some fruits, such as tomatoes or bean pods, can be called ‘vegetables’ because they are used in savory rather than sweet cooking. The term ‘vegetable’ is more loosely used to mean other edible plant parts, such as cabbage leaves, celery stalks, and potato tubers. Rhubarb however, is a fine example of a vegetable that is called a fruit by cooks as it is used in baking sweets. So pick one or both, I don’t care. I love cooking so I will call the tomato a vegetable unless I am at the clinic with my lab coat on.

There is always a balance to everything. ;-)

There is always a balance to everything. 😉

About Craig Stellpflug NDC

Craig Stellpflug is a NeuroDevelopment Consultant and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. Craig is a cancer nutritionist and child brain disorder specialist at Healing Pathways Medical Clinic in Scottsdale Arizona.
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