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Isn’t Our State Vegetable Actually A Fruit?


There is nothing more delicious than a Jersey tomato, but there apparently isn’t anything in New Jersey that doesn’t come with it’s share of controversy, not even the state vegetable, which scientifically speaking is actually a fruit.

How could a place named the Garden State get this one wrong? Actually, we didn’t get it wrong. It just depends on your point of view. In certain circles, tomatoes are fruits, in others it can be considered a vegetable.

If you are looking at it from a strictly scientific standpoint, according to, there’s no doubt about it. Our state vegetable is a fruit. There are scientific terms to prove it, but we won’t get into the details.

However, if you choose to look at it from the standpoint of a chef, tomatoes can definitely fall in the vegetable category and it has to do with the flavor. Tomotoes are used in savory as opposed to sweet cooking. According to, ” the answer to the question is that a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plant, but it’s used as a vegetable in cooking.”

So here’s how I look at it. We love food and great restaurants here in the Garden State, and if our chefs want to sat the tomato is a vegetable, that’s good enough for me. And, oh yeah by the way, we’re talking about greatest tomatoes in the world, Jersey tomatoes!!

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