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Why is a Tomato a Fruit?

Why is a Tomato a Fruit?
Solanum lycopersicum, or simply ‘tomato’ in common term, is known throughout the world because of its extensive use in culinary arts. Despite its popularity as a cooking ingredient, many people do not know how to classify it. For some, they think it is a fruit, while others say it is a vegetable. In order to prevent this kind of confusion, it is quite interesting to look at some of its basic qualities and learn why tomato is considered a fruit. The Reason Why Tomato Is Generally Considered a Fruit Why is a tomato a fruit? Because it functions as the ovary of a flowering plant, tomato is naturally a fruit. The reason why many people mistake it for a vegetable is its taste, which is less sweet compared to fruits such as bananas, apples and oranges. Add to that, people use it together...

Why Do Strawberries Have Seeds on the Outside?

Why Do Strawberries Have Seeds on the Outside?
There are a lot of facts about strawberries that aren’t well known but can make for interesting study. Some of them can be as tantalizing as the fruit itself. Why the Seeds are on the Outside They are not. What you see on the outside are actually the fruits called the achenes. The red part on which the achenes are attached is a container. It’s actually the point or stem where the petals are connected to. Fruits of this type are called aggregate fruits. Anther fruit that belongs in this category are raspberries. The seeds are always within fruits. In this case, the seed are in the achenes. There are usually 200 in each one. Health Benefits Other facts about strawberries show that it has several health benefits. Research has shown that it is fortified with vitamin C, fiber and potassium....