Fruit or vegetable – Aurelia Schanzenbacher Sisters Fine Arts – Canvas
Painted in watercolor. I originally started this as an apple, but then realized that it’s shape and color resembles a tomato. Either way, tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they’re most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications. It’s not uncommon for culinary practices to blur the lines of scientific definitions of what constitutes a fruit or a vegetable. Many plants that are considered to be vegetables are actually fruits.
For all intents and purposes, tomatoes are both. If you’re talking to a farmer or gardener, they’re fruits. If you’re talking to a chef, they’re a vegetable. They say there are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes in different shades of red, green and even purple. With countless varieties and a range of delicious flavor profiles, there’s no question that tomatoes are the perfect addition to just about any dish. Tomatoes are extremely versatile and are great for grilling, roasting, sautéing—even on their own as a healthy snack. Whether it’s a meaty Beefsteak or a small but snappy cherry tomato, adding these antioxidant powerhouses to your meal can add a much-needed burst of flavor.
When choosing tomato varieties, it’s also important to consider how you plan to use the fruit. Do you prefer eating tomatoes in salads? Are you planning to cook vats of your grandma’s secret tomato sauce recipe? Or maybe you like to use tomatoes in lots of ways—snacking on them fresh, grilling them on kebabs, slicing them to star in the perfect tomato sandwich.
Salad/snacking tomatoes are bite-sized cherry or grape tomatoes like Sweet Million, Sun Sugar and Tami G. Grape. These make perfect additions to salads, kebabs, or frittatas. Or just eat them straight from the vine!
Slicing tomatoes are medium to extra large, round, juicy tomatoes, where a slice fits perfectly on a sandwich. These include humongous beefsteak tomatoes like Red Beefsteak, German Johnson or the moderately sized Rutgers and Earlybird.
Sauce/paste tomatoes are meaty and dense, making them ideal for sauces and pastes. Popular varieties include Roma. San Marzano and Heinz Super R.
Either way, I’ll let you determine if my painting is an apple or tomato! I prefer it to be an apple :), but I sure learned quite alot about tomatoes in researching my other favorite fruit!