There can be various answers to this question depending upon the perspective you adopt. Here, we have tried to explain if tomato is a fruit or vegetable based on several perspectives.
Seeds are the part of a plant that make a fruit a 'fruit' and vegetable a 'vegetable'. The term 'vegetable' does not exist in botany. Hence according to scientists, all the seed producing flowering plants produce fruits and not vegetables. Other vegetables such as carrots, radishes are roots in botanical terms.
If you ask the same question to a cook, he'll tell you that tomato is a vegetable and not a fruit. Culinary science defines fruits as sweet, fleshy foods used in dessert recipes. Tomato does not fit into this definition and hence is a vegetable.
This agitated the consortium of local cultivators, who filed a suit in the court. The court's verdict pacified the consortium and made tomato liable for taxes.
Lot of confusion prevails, about tomato's status at the Government level. Tomato was awarded the status of 'state fruit' by the State of Tennessee in 2003, while the State of New Jersey is on the verge of declaring it as 'state vegetable'. State of Arkansas, declared the 'South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato' as both the state fruit and vegetable.
It can be eaten salted, which never implies to real fruits. And lastly, when you go to a grocery shop you'll never find tomato placed next to apples or bananas, they are always placed with other vegetables.
Although, tomato has been conferred different titles at different levels, for commoners, it doesn't really matter if it's a fruit or a vegetable. Of course, as long as they continue to be an inseparable ingredient of delicious tomato sauce, soup and other sumptuous recipes.