[LMB] Vegetable/fruit (was: Obdurate Reality OT:)

PAT MATHEWS mathews55 at msn.com
Mon, 04 Feb 2002 20:51:32 -0700

>From: "Bo Johansson" <bo at dendarii.com>

>On Feb 04, 2002 "Mark A Mandel" <mam at theworld.com> wrote:
> >
> > ... Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit? Botanically it's a fruit; in
> > American cuisine it functions as a vegetable, and in daily life most
> > Americans treat it as such. IIRC, the Supreme Court recognized the
> > latter classification and upheld it for some legal purpose or other,
> > correctly so IMHO.
>And have you heard that the EU has ruled that carrots are fruit?
>It is a favorite Euro-skeptic's example of absurd EU regulations.
>Actually, IIRC they ruled that in carrot-and-orange marmalade
>carrots may be counted as fruit, when checking if there is enough
>fruit content for it to be legally called marmalade.

Suzette Haden Elgin, in Arkansas, suggests that tomatoes are a "folk 
vegetable." That's any fruit most people put salt instead of sugar on. And 
please, NO tomatoes & sugar recipes: I'm trying to cut down on the nasty 

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