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Why only tomatoes?

melpy | Jun 22, 2012 06:16 AM

In all our vegetable discussions someone inevitably brings up that technically a tomato is a fruit (botanically). Why dO we stop at tomato? Eggplant, peppers, beans, peas, squash, pumpkin, cucumbers and others are also fruits but nobody ever discusses the technicality of those "vegetables". Are we just ignorant of that fact or are tomatoes in some way special that leads us into to reminder caveat that they really aren't vegetables?

In my Spanish class we categorize vocabulary and I tell my students we are going to categorize them culinarily not botanically. Since this is a food site why not just agree that our definitions are culinary unless otherwise specified?

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