11 November 2011

Fruit and Flower Friday

The flower for this week is a poinsettia tree. Yes, a tree. We have this large one growing in our yard around some Christmas looking trees. It's about the only thing around here looking like Christmas is approaching.

(information taken from oxforddictionary.com)

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

The confusion about 'fruit' and 'vegetable' arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. Scientifically speaking, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contain the seeds of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). Blueberries, raspberries, and oranges are true fruits, and so are many kinds of nut. Some plants have a soft part which supports the seeds and is also called a 'fruit', though it is not developed from the ovary: the strawberry is an example.
As far as cooking is concerned, some things which are strictly fruits, such as tomatoes or bean pods, may be called 'vegetables' because they are used in savoury rather than sweet cooking. The term 'vegetable' is more generally used of other edible parts of plants, such as cabbage leaves, celery stalks, and potato tubers, which are not strictly the fruit of the plant from which they come. Occasionally the term 'fruit' may be used to refer to a part of a plant which is not a fruit, but which is used in sweet cooking: rhubarb, for example.
So, 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.

My Children often eat them as fruit! When ripened to perfection, the ones we get here are delicious!
Claire was chowing down on tomatoes today. She loves them with a little salt sprinkled on. (reminds me of my grandma!) Elisha will sometimes eat a whole one as well. Bud is the only outcast and thinks they are horrible by themselves. More for us!

(i was cracking up at her face in this picture)

Elisha just walked in the door from spending the afternoon with some other missionary kids around here. They had lunch, then went to the Kitale museum. Nothing too exciting but for a kid, especially our kids, it was something to be excited about. He hasn't stopped telling me about the snakes, tortoises and crocodile.

And please pray good health for all of us around here. There's a 24 hour bug that has gone around to almost everyone and we pray it is done and over with!

Have a good weekend ya'll!


NeNe said...

That's quite a little 'mater face. Your kids probably eat better because they live in Kitale than they would in the U.S.McDonalds is just too easy here and they don't serve yummy tomatoes.

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