Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tomatoes: Fruit or Vegetable?

Legal Solutions Blog: Tomatoes

More Tomato Stuff!


I was curious as to why the Supreme Court found tomatoes to be a vegetable, so these are the explanations I found. It has to do with how tomatoes are commonly thought of and used as vegetables despite technically being fruit. They compared tomatoes to things like squash, beans, and peas, which are also thought of and used as vegetables even though they are all fruits. The court case was brought about when a tariff was imposed on vegetable imports and a family attempted to import tomatoes as a fruit. When they were charged the tariff, they sued to regain their lost revenue. The Supreme Court ignored the dictionary and botanical definitions of tomatoes, focusing instead on the common conception of a tomato in everyday use.

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