Fruit or Vegetable

Do you have a favorite vegetable?

It’s a tough call for me but I have a weakness for tomatoes

I know tomatoes are technically a fruit because they have seeds but no one I know in practical terms classifies tomatoes as fruit.

Cucumbers, squash, green beans and walnuts are all fruits technically, too, because they also have seeds.


I eat one tomato every day.

An apple A tomato a day keeps the doctor away.

Sometimes I eat them in an edamame and tomato salad

Sometimes sprinkled with stevia powder

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Sometime I just dip my tomatoes in homemade vegan slaw dressing

And sometimes I eat them plain.

And sometimes I admire them at the farmers market

Below is what I call fruit

And these are all faves of mine

And please dip these…

 in this:

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter

And please tell me I’m not crazy for thinking of these as a vegetable.

From my last post, Winning Combo, I loved hearing your fave combos.

Chocolate + PB was pretty popular.  Surprise surprise.

If you still have chocolate + PB on the brain, maybe a homemade PB Cup?

Vegan, no-bake, microwave-friendly and takes about 5 minutes to make


1. What’s your favorite vegetable?

Hard for me to pick but cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts are all faves.  Even if they are a little too terrific fiber-riffic at times for me. 

Green beans, sugar snap peas, zucchini, you name it, I really do love my veggies.

As much as I joke about loving sugar, and I do, if I don’t have my daily allotment of veggies, I am not happy and feel out of balance!

I think I need to make this Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stir Fry after talking about all these veggies

2. Favorite Fruit?

I love almost all fruits but not a fan of canteloupe, honeydew, kiwi, durian, and am just so-so about both papaya and banana (banana in things but not so much just plain See This Post for Banana-Containing Recipes & Ways to Use Extra Banana)

I love orchard fruit (peaches, plums, pears, nectarines) and also grapes (frozen!) are winners.  I love mango too!  And berries of all kind and types.

Very few fruits I don’t like.

3. Do you think of tomatoes as a Fruit or a Vegetable?

56 comments on “Fruit or Vegetable”

  1. Your tomato shot is stunning!! It is wow-incuding.

    I gravitate towards the tropical fruits like papaya, pineapple, papaya and banana. I discovered dragonfruit this year and love it!

    The durian – I think I smelled one of those in Australia and it smelled like blue cheese!!

  2. I guess I like papaya twice as much as the others :) Meant to say mango….

  3. 1. Bell peppers. Red, green, yellow. Delish. Although I have been really obsessed with eggplant this summer. Peppers may take a backseat.
    2. Raspberries. Or blueberries or strawberries. I’m all about the berries.
    3. For all practical purposes, a tomato is a vegetable, at least as far as I’m concerned. And I like order, taxonomy, and being correct.

  4. Scientifically, all veggies are actually fruit. So I say you define them any way you want :) I say tomato is a veggie! Right now my favorite veggies are sweet potatoes. Love em! And it’s too tough to choose my favorite fruit. I love strawberries, but I’m also eating some right now so I could be biased!

  5. I can’t pick! Every day (no really…every single day) I eat: lettuce, tomato, eggplant, pepper, cuke, mushroom, zucchini, and green beans. Mostly because my garden produces these all in mass quantities (or my neighbors and my garden, together, actually). But I also rotate broccoli, snap peas, carrots, etc in.

    i hate banana and papasa but i love all melons.

    Also, bell peppers and cukes are technically fruits too. whatever.

  6. My favorite veggies are spinach, corn, and bell peppers, although I think technically peppers are a fruit. Either way, bell peppers are my favorite “vegetable” in my mind.
    Favorite fruits are watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, and kiwi.
    Although I technically know a tomato is a fruit, I have to constantly remind myself of that. I guess I think of it as a vegetable.

  7. Mmm i see tomatoes as a vegie!
    My fave fruit is banana (which is no fun in Australia at the moment as a cyclone at the start of the year wiped out our banana trees. So theyve been veeeeeery expensive here all year! Boo!)
    Also love watermelon in summer, and grapes! All colours.
    Mmm as for vegies, i adore all veg! But faves are pumpkin, corn, potato, zucchini and red onion! Yum!

  8. I’m not a big tomato lover, I love me a nice AVOCADO…now is that a fruit or a veg????

    I love brussells…mmm


  9. My favorite veggie is broccoli hands down. I also really love peppers (all), bamboo shoots, baby corn and leafy greens. Bananas are easily my favorite fruit, I have to have at least one a day. I see tomatoes as a fruit, but they’re kind of like avocados for me-both a fruit and a veggie.

  10. at this immediate moment, my favorite vegetables are carrots in peanut butter, or a head of romaine lettuce topped with a veggie patty/burger and cheese. i munched on carrots throughout the afternoon, to last until our dinner out at 9 pm tonight. :-) so good.

    technicality doesn’t matter: tomatoes most assuredly equal vegetable.

  11. I wanted to tell you that I tried iHerb and LOVED them. Just placed my 2nd order yesterday. :)

    As for faves… I like them all!

  12. 1. Spinach is the basic go-to. Sweet potatoes are awesome and I discovered you can make butternut squash fries instead of sweet potato fries (and regular potato fries).
    2. I eat so many apples, bananas but they’re a little too sweet, and my newest favorite, honeydew!
    3. I know tomatoes are a fruit, but I still consider them a vegetable.

  13. Hmm..that’s a tough one. I love bananas for its versatility (it can go in oatmeal, baked goods, faux ice cream, parfaits). I love peaches too. I don’t know all fruit! Haha, I like fruit better than veggies. However, I love sweet potatoes with pb and maple syrup. I think I have a sweet tooth makes me like fruit better. Artichokes are fun to eat as well!

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  15. I categorize tomatoes definitely as a vegetable.
    My favorite veggies are carrots, green beans and cucumbers. Favorite fruit… apples and kiwis!

  16. You know, i’m not sure if I can think of a fave fruit or veg… although I MUST have carrots every day. I love them and get serious cravings if I don’t have my daily dose. Oh, and if I go too long without apples I get maje cravings too. I guess that answers your question! Although, I seriously love most fruit and veg and they need to feature significantly in my daily diet otherwise I feel like rubbish.

    Tomato- they are defined as fruit but I defo think of them as veg. xxx

  17. I don’t know if I have a favourite veg b/c I really like them all. Except eggplant. HATE that! HAHA I love tomatoes tossed with feta, salt and pepper. YUM!

  18. Fav veggie: Corn on the cob
    fav fruit: Watermelon
    Tomato is a veggie, never used it to bake a sweet pie nor have added it to fruit salad.

  19. I think tomatoes are SO beautiful. I don’t love them in their raw form though…but hand me a pot of tomato sauce and I’m set for weeks :)

  20. 1. My favorites are any kind of summer squash (whether or not they are technically fruits), broccoli, and arugula.
    2. I have to go with yellow watermelon, blackberries, strawberries, mango, and pineapple. Now I’m hungry!
    3. They are biologically a fruit but culinarily a vegetable. I’m more of a cook than a scientist, so I go with veggie. :)

  21. Tomatoes have always been a fruit to me. Probably because I saw the Full House episode where they talk about how it’s really a fruit when I was young enough that it stuck. I can’t even imagine thinking of a tomato as a vegetable. Although I did not know that about green beans! And avocado is technically a fruit, but I never really think of it as anything.

    I totally want to make those peanut butter cups! I LOVE Reese’s. I wonder where I can find some of those liners because I have everything else to make them!

    Favorites…ugh how to pick just a few? I love broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts too. And I eat bananas, strawberries, and apples daily. Yum!

  22. Favourite veg: tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. During the colder months it switches to sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips.

    Favourite fruit: much harder to choose, but mainly bananas, mango, berries, apples and pineapple. When I’m in Barbados my favourite fruit is Papaya. Doesn’t taste the same here though :(

    I consider tomato a veg, even though it is ‘technically’ a fruit.

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