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View Poll Results: What VEGGIES do you like the best?
Root (potato, carrot, turnip, onion, etc) 22 44.00%
Squash (yellow, zucchini, acorn squash, etc) 2 4.00%
Leafy (spinach, romaine, chicory, etc) 8 16.00%
Stalks (celery, rhubarb, asparagus) 2 4.00%
Pepper (Bell, jalepeno, chile, etc) 4 8.00%
Legume (green bean, pea, wax bean, etc) 4 8.00%
Others (artichoke, cactus leaves, eggplant etc) 8 16.00%
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:49 AM   #21
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yes, tomatoes are fruit, as are avocados- I adore them both in any way, shape or form, but they will be in the fruit poll eventually :)

So, no squash takers yet, eh?
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:51 AM   #22
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jkath, I love squash. Especially battered and deep fried, yummy. But I would not say that it is my favorite veggie.
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:57 AM   #23
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Sierra, are there any foods that aren't yummy when deep fried?
I actually had sweet potato french fries tonight that were amazing!
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:58 AM   #24
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I had sweet potato french fries once and did not really like them. They were too sweet for me, imagine that.
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Old 06-17-2005, 02:46 AM   #25
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To further confuse everyone, I read that tomatoes are actually a berry, as they grow on the ground and fruits grow in trees.

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Old 06-17-2005, 02:55 AM   #26
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You are right, Barbara. Tomatoes are a fruit and a berry. Berries are classified as fruits. Here is some more info. on the tomato, probably more than we want to know, but interesting reading anyway.



The tomato though commonly classified as a vegetable is really a fruit, a berry in fact. Tomato fruits exibit all of the common characteristics of berries. The fruit develops from the ovary of the flower. The tomato is fleshy due to the pericarp walls and skin. Finally there are several seeds in each tomato. (Weier, et al., 1982)

transverse section of five locule tomato fruit


Tomatoes can be either bilocular or multilocular. Most cultivated varieties except cherry tomatoes have four or five locules. The locules are surrounded by the pericarp. The pericarp includes the inner wall, columella; the radial wall, septa; and the outer wall. The pericarp and the placenta comprise the fleshy tissue of the tomato. The seeds are located inside of the locular cavities and are enclosed in gelatinous membranes. There are vascular bundles throughout the outer wall of the pericarp and travelling from the stem to the center of the tomato and from there radiating to each seed. (Ho and Hewitt 1986)
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Old 06-17-2005, 06:09 AM   #27
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Andy M and HanArt have a real good point here, IMHO. If we are going to exclude tomatoes, we also should toss out squashes, eggplant, peppers, beans, and peas.


“Botanically speaking, tomatoes are the fruit of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas.” So said the Supreme Court in 1893 (Nix vs. Hedden).


OK, maybe the Supreme Court should not be considered the font of scientific truth, but they were botanically correct, those items biologically represent the fruits of the plants.

However, in that ruling they also went on to state that:

“But in the common language of the people, whether sellers or consumers of provisions, all these are vegetables which are grown in kitchen gardens, and which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, and lettuce, usually served at dinner in, with, or after the soup, fish, or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert.”

And so the final ruling in the case, which I believe has not been subsequently reversed, is that in the USA, tomatoes, and many botanically classified ‘fruits’, are legally veggies.

(If you are wondering why the Court was bothering itself about such a matter, it seems a Mr. Nix did not want to pay the import duty upon the ‘vegetable’ tomatoes, claiming it was a fruit, which were not taxed. The customs agent, Mr. Hedden, said no deal, and the case eventually went before the high court.)

Sorry about the length of this thing, but I put it in because my favorite veggie is okra.

And I don’t want anyone calling it a fruit, heck, I have the law on my side.
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Old 06-17-2005, 08:06 AM   #28
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I vote for all of the above plus those not mentioned. Not fond of cooked spinach, collards, kale and etc. I can handle them if mixed in combination with other ingredients. One of my favorite lasagnas is one using spinach and mushrooms substituted for meat, and I am not even a vegetarian.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:07 AM   #29
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And rhubarb is really a vegetable, not a fruit.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:46 AM   #30
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Quote:
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And rhubarb is really a vegetable, not a fruit.
That's why it's listed with celery above....


Sierra - that was quite interesting about the tomatoes - I like that kind of stuff.


Aunt Dot: Encarta specifies squash as a vegetable, and I have beans and peas listed as legumes.


(Gee...I didn't mean to start a debate. I wanted to know what people liked better on their dinner plates.)
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