May 10, 1893

On This Date in in 1893 the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato was a vegetable. The court declared in Nix versus Hedden that even though the tomato was botanically a fruit, it should legally be considered a vegetable. The case came up because at the time there was a tax on imported vegetables but not fruit, leading interested farmers, both native and foreign on having the tomato declared one or the other. The court did refuse to rule on how to pronounce the word.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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