Geek Trivia

Which State Has The Same Plant As Its Official Fruit And Vegetable?

New Jersey
Which Of These Computer Terms Was Originally Literal?

Answer: Arkansas

The status of the humble tomato is a matter of some contest depending on who you ask. Botanists will tell you that a tomato is most certainly a fruit, as it is the ovary and seeds of a flowering plant. Practically, however, thanks to its low sugar content and the propensity to serve it with the main course instead of with the dessert course (as it the practice with fruit), both chefs and the common person consider it a vegetable.

The State of Arkansas opted to avoid the whole controversy by opting to make the tomato, specifically the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato, both the official state fruit (on account of its botanical classification) and the official state vegetable (on account of its culinary classification).

Hopefully the folks from Arkansas can mediate any fights that may arise between the folks from Ohio (where the tomato is the state fruit) and New Jersey (where the tomato is the state vegetable).

Bonus Trivia: In 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court, for the purposes of settling a trade dispute in the case of Nix v. Hedden, ruled that the tomato was in fact a vegetable.