Last one out of the Kinjaverse, turn out the lights.
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He says toh-may-toe, she says toh-mah-toe, I say those two need to get a life!

It's a tomato. It is used in sauces, in salads, in cooking, and in a multitude of ways to numerous to list here.


The one place it's not used, is where it actually should be used. Desert.

Most people think of tomatos as a vegetable. It's cooked like a vegetable, it's served like a vegetable and it's eaten like a vegetable.


But it's not.

Back in the 1887, congress decided to levy a tax on the import of vegetables. What surprised them was the fact that some of the things they expected to be taxed, weren't. Like tomatos.


Botanically speaking, and a lot of people know this, the tomato is the fruit of the tomato plant. It shares that distinction with other 'vegetables' like the green bean, squash, pumpkins, zucchini, eggplant and cucumber. Even though we treat them like vegetables, they are all fruits.

But, I'm kind of fibbing to you. While the tomato is botanically a fruit, it's not classified as a fruit.


That's because the tomato is actually a berry.

Yes. It's a berry.

A berry is a fleshy fruit grown from a single ovary. (berries are fruits, didn't know that, didja?) A tomato has a much lower sugar content than other berries, which is why it's used as a vegetable. Well, that and the fact that in 1893 the US Supreme Court ruled that the tomato is actually a vegetable. But they did that to justify the tax congress levied on the import of them.


Hmm...let's see. If I stop here, this will be a short post. What to add....what to add.....

Potatoes. They are yummy! They are nutritious! They are poisonous!

Well, I'll modify that. They aren't always deadly poisonous. But they are poisonous.


Potatoes, like tomatoes and eggplants, are members of the Nightshade family. And, as such, contain glycoalkaloids. Glycoalkaloids will cause headaches, stomach cramps, diarrhea and even coma and death.

Rest assured, there hasn't been a case of potato poisoning causing a death in the US for 50 years.


That's because, for the most part, the poisonous arts of the potato are the green parts. Like the leaves and stems. However, if your potato is green, it has a high concentration of glycoalkaloids and can be dangerous. That goes for the odd green potato chip you find as well.

If there's green on a potato product, don't eat it.

Still a little short. more tidbit.

Peanuts aren't nuts. They're legumes. Like peas, beans, alfalfa and clover. (we eat the seeds, animals eat the rest.) ((remember, green beans are fruits, not beans))


So, now that I've destroyed your knowledge of what is a vegetable and what isn't, go eat a bunch anyway. They are all still healthy, and you should eat a lot of them.

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