The Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables

PHOTOGRAPH BY REBECCA HALE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE, via The Plate

PHOTOGRAPH BY REBECCA HALE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE, via The Plate

Tennessee and Ohio went with botany and chose the tomato as their state fruit; Arkansas, hedging its bets, decreed the tomato to be both the state’s official fruit and official vegetable. Louisiana, on the other hand, appointed the sweet potato state vegetable, but named the tomato the state’s official “vegetable plant.” (Louisiana’s state fruit is the strawberry; they’ve also got a state doughnut, a state jelly, and a state meat pie.)

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