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Old 08-14-2003, 04:21 PM   #1
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Tomatoes - Pesky question finally solved

There has long been disagreement among plant experts as to the classification of that most delightful of consumables, the Tomato. Some state it is a vegetable, based primarily on its grown habit. Others insist it a berry, due to its multiplicity of seeds. And others have charged it a fruit.

I personally carefully considered these several arguments today while devouring a freshly picked, vine ripened tomato. The conclusion was obvious: the fully ripe tomato is a fruit. The evidence is incontrovertible: its explosive flavor, heady aroma, extreme juiciness, size, shape, and convenience of eating right off the plant is unmatched by either vegetable or berry: ergo it absolutely must be a fruit. (Note that those pretenders sold in markets as tomatos may be considered vegetables or whatever - they fall far short of the real thing!)

I have spoken! No further debate of the question can have any validity.

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beautifully put, oldcoot, just beautiful. tomtoes have always been one of my favourite things in the world. especially truss tomatoes, seriously, its like a like flavour bomb, full of explosive acidity and sweetness.
did you know that it used to be called a 'love apple' because ppl considered it to be an aphrodisiac? wow. anyway, shame that ive just found out that my blood type finds tomatoes intolerant... haha. jokes on me, hey?
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Before being considered a "Live Apple", that luscious fruit was believed poisonous by Europeans. In spite of the fact New World natives had been eating it for millennia.

I fear I would look long and hard at any diet suggesting the tomato is anything less than an excellent nutrition source. Heck, I once had a German Shepherd dog that woould pick carefully selected ripe tomatoes from my Mother's Victory Garden, then lie down under a tree on a hot day and enjoy them. He was 13+ yrs old when "dognapped". That's pretty old for a German Shepherd. Obviously, tomatoes are good for all us mammals.
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