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Old 06-01-2007, 03:43 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by Texasbelle
Isn't a tomato considered a fruit and not a veggie????????????????
Botanically speaking, a tomatoe is absolutely a fruit. I read that tomatoes can even by sub-categorized as a berry.

I found this interesting because I know back a century or two in Europe, they thought tomatoes were poisonous because people mysteriously died after eating them. Then the people realized that only rich people were dying when they ate them, which made it even more unusual.

As it turned out, rich people were eating off of pewter plates which contain high traces of lead. The tomatoes, having acidic juice, would absorb some of the lead and give whoever ate it lead poisoning. Talk about learning the hard way.
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