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Why is a tomato a fruit

Great question!  To a botanist a fruit is something that develops from the fertilised ovary of a flower, which means tomatoes, as well as pumpkins, cucumbers and corn kernels are all edible fruits. Nutritionally, the term fruit is used to describe sweet and fleshy botanical fruits, while vegetable is used to describe a wide variety of plant parts that are not so high in fructose. This is why tomatoes tend to be classed as vegetables by many people.