This comes from a popular rhyme of nursery kids. This ‘Majedaar’ Tomato is very good for health but have you ever heard about the controversy whether Tomato is a Fruit or Vegetable?
Everyone knows that Tomato is a vegetable but people get shocked when they know that Tomato is a Fruit.
Let understand how the fruits and vegetables are differentiated. According to (botany), a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, example Mango, Papaya, etc. while a vegetable is a part of a plant which is edible and does not take part in the reproductive cycle. Example leaf of spinach, root of beet etc
This is one of the mythology debates that Tomato is a fruit or vegetable. According to a definition, Tomato is a fruit. A lot of foods which are (botanically speaking) fruits, but which are savory in taste rather than sweet, are typically considered vegetables by chefs.
In the 1893 case of Nix v. Hedden, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, for purposes of the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, Tomatoes are vegetables.Not only Tomatoes there are much more fruits which are treated as vegetables like Cucumber, Squash, Avocado, Pumpkin etc.
Apart from that Tomato is very good for health you can never neglect this fruit (oh sorry Vegetable) without this you can not complete your food. It is also called one of the Healthiest vegetable in the world.
Why you do not neglect the tomatoes because of many health benefits and taste which you do not get in sauce also. Doctors gives the major Health Benefits of Tomato are:-
1) They reduce “Heart Disease” because of lycopene are reach in Tomato
2) Tomatoes are very rich in vitamin and mineral
3) They are rich in natural fiber thus, It reduce the cancer Risk
Doctors give the list of the disease ( Orthopedic, ENT, Gynaecologist ) where tomato work as Sanjeevani Booti
Last but not least our Ancestor also say that Organic Tomato is considered as a King in Vegetable. As I discussed one of the doctors in Raipur Doctor also give the same reason a per botany Tomato is a Fruit or as per chef Tomato is a vegetable.
You are free to say a tomato is a fruit or vegetable whatever you say but you can not neglect the tomatoes in every aspect.
Recently Tomatoes in news also that tomatoes price are very low in Chhattisgarh especially in Raipur which is very bad news for farmer even they can not get the harvest cost and transportation charges.