• 7-5-2017 A vegetable is anything that grows out of the ground, and a fruit is any part of it that has seeds. A tomato qualifies as both, but is legally declared to be a vegetable for tax purposes.
  • A fruit on the vine, a vegetable on the plate. Botanically it's a fruit but all fruit is also vegetation. And yes the Supreme Court did declare it a vegetable for tax purposes. I actually argued with a Wal-Mart cashier and manager over this once. They told me they didn't qualify as vegetables because they were fruit. I pointed out that all fruit is vegetation. I referenced the supreme court decision, but they weren't swayed. So I pointed out the fact they were in the aisle labeled VEGETABLES! With all the other vegetables! They still weren't swayed so I refused to purchase them and made them put them all back! It all seems so petty now!
    • Jewels Vern
      I heard of a fellow in Maine where they have a reputation for being stubborn even about petty things. He bough some violets and the cashier rang them up as "taxable". He objected that there was no tax on foods. She said violets are not food. He pulled off a blossom and ate it. He pulled off another blossom and ate it. He got three blossoms before the cashier gave up and deducted the tax.
    • Linda Joy
      Lol! Roses are edible as well! Here food is taxed. Not so in Iowa. But then they have legalized gambling which may offset the tax.
    • Linda Joy
      And now I'm wondering if anybody's ever tried to buy flowers with food stamps.
  • Scientifically, a tomato is a fruit. It grows out of a blossom and it has seeds inside. Scotus declaring it a vegetable does not negate the botanical science.
  • This question reminds me of a quote about the difference between knowledge & wisdom. "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."
  • i know its a fruit but i use it as a vegetable
  • Botanically, they are fruits. However they are considered culinary (for cooking purposes) vegetables. So, they are both.
  • Botanically, a tomato is a fruit. However, it is used as a vegetable.
  • vegetable

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