Pick a Team, Tomato

May 10, 1893


The Supreme Court of the United States decides that the tomato is a officially a vegetable.  In Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893), the Court unanimously rules that the tomato must now be classified under customs regulations as a vegetable rather than a fruit. Its decision is based on the Tariff Act of 1883, which classifies the tomato as a vegetable, using the ordinary meaning of the words “fruit” and “vegetable,” instead of their technical botanical meanings. Salads everywhere rejoice.

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