||[Sep. 22nd, 2016|02:58 pm]
Julius Caesar's great-great-granddaughter
I was reading elsewhere about things that people think should be common knowledge, and it brought up one of my pet peeves.|
"Tomatoes are not vegetables, they're fruit!"
Yum, cucumber cake with avocado frosting.
Yes, scientifically speaking, a tomato is a fruit. But scientifically speaking, there is no such thing as a vegetable. Vegetable matter, yes, but scientists don't lump all the parts of a plant except the fruit together. Each part of the plant is labelled differently.
So if you're going to insist that tomatoes are fruit, then I want to hear you calling spinach "leaves", carrots "roots", and cinnamon "ground bark". And just what the heck is cauliflower? Part stem, part flower? And if you're going to be that pedantic, make sure you refer to peaches as drupes and bananas as berries.
"Vegetable" is a culinary term. And if you're going to use a culinary terms, you should be consistent and be referring to everything in culinary terms. And in culinary terms, a tomato is a vegetable. As are okra, avocados, and several other vegetables which are scientifically fruits. Generally in food terms, foods that are sweet or most often used in desserts or sweet snacks are considered fruits. Foods that are used most often with or as an entree, or served in a savory fashion are normally considered vegetables. This leads to the oddity that pumpkins are considered fruit in the U.S. and vegetables in the U.K.
Pass me more of that cucumber cake, please.