The tomato is botanically a fruit because it contains the ovary and the seeds of a flowering plant. Because it is all contained within the tomato and the outside structure keeps the seeds protected, it is a fruit even though it is used as a vegetable.
Eggplants, cucumbers and squashes are also fruits that are used as vegetables. Because of the complications, there have been legal disputes about it in the past. In 1887, the U.S. imposed taxes on vegetables but not fruits, and in 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the tomato is a vegetable rather than a fruit because they are generally served with dinner rather than desert.Learn More
The difference between fruits and vegetables depends on whether the botanical or culinary definition is used. In botanical terms, a fruit is a seed-filled structure that develops from a flowering plant. Every other part of a plant, including the roots, leaves and stems, is considered a vegetable. In culinary terms, fruits that are savory are referred to as vegetables.Full Answer >
The Madagascar jasmine, or Stephanotis floribunda, is a flowering plant that is also called the Hawaiian wedding flower. It's not related to true jasmine but is a member of the milkweed family.Full Answer >
The blue lobelia is a flowering plant with intensely blue flowers. One variety of lobelia, L. siphilitica, is called the great blue lobelia. Its blue flowers can persist for a month or more. The lobelia is also called the cardinal flower.Full Answer >
In plants, the style is the long, slender stalk that connects the stigma to the ovary. The stigma is where the pollen is deposited, and the ovary is at the bottom of the style and houses the plant's ovules, which contain the egg cells. The function of the style is to check compatibility and judge whether the pollen that lands on the flower can fertilize the plant.Full Answer >