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Aha! August 4, 2005

Posted by eric22222 in General.
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Currently listening to: “Piece of Glass” by Caedmon’s Call

Espionage, government cover-ups, and decisions from the highest courts in the land. All stemming from the raging debate. Tomatoes: fruit or vegetable?

Taken from wikipedia:

Botanically speaking a tomato is the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant. This would mean that technically it would be considered a fruit. However, from a culinary perspective the tomato is typically served as a meal, or part of a main course of a meal, meaning that it would be considered a vegetable. This argument has led to actual legal implications in the United States. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws which imposed a duty on vegetables but not on fruits caused the tomato’s status to become a matter of legal importance. The U.S. Supreme Court settled this controversy in 1893, declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, along with cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas, using the popular definition which classifies vegetables by use, that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert. The case is known as Nix v. Hedden.
In concordance with this classification, the tomato has been proposed as the the state vegetable of New Jersey.

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1. Loraine - August 5, 2005

Yes, I also look to the government for my scientific facts.


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