Description: You might think of the highly nutritious tomato as a vegetable — most people do — but botanists actually classify it as a fruit, since the plant’s seeds grow inside the juicy orb. Cuisines around the globe use tomatoes in everyday dishes, in beverages or raw as a component of a salad or sandwich. Tomatoes typically appear in Indian Cooking as part of the masala (spice blend).
Tomatoes are a significant source of umami flavor. The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, raw or cooked, in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. While tomatoes are fruits—botanically classified as berries—they are commonly used as a vegetable ingredient or side dish