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From: don.freeman@idcbbs.com (Don Freeman) Subject: alt.folklore.urban Frequ Date: 1 Jun 93 21:20:00 GMT re: FAQ... TC>Tb.Tomatoes are not vegetables, they're berries. [Thanks, Scott C.] ^ I don't know if this will help in classifying it as 100% true as opposed to "believed to be true" but: "How to Identify Plants" by H.D. Harrington (Professor of Botany & Curator of the Herbarium, Colorado State University), a very well done and reliable text on plant identification and classification defines a berry as such: "A fleshy fruit formed from one compound ovary containing few to many seeds. This fruit appears in the key as formed from a superior ovary, however, the term is often loosely used to include pulpy fruits formed from an inferior ovary but not resembling a pepo or pome." The book also explicitly uses the tomato as an example of a berry. -Don Freeman P.S. Pepo is the term used to describe fruit such as watermelon & cucumber and Pome is the type of fruit that an apple is. * KingQWK 1.05 # 80 * don.freeman@idcbbs.com ---- +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+ | IDC BBS 510-865-7115 (USR HST 14.4k) 510-814-8097 (USR DS v.32bis) | | Alameda, California - Home of KingMail, KingQWK and QWKMerge | +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+

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