Tomato and Pecan Tattoo

I did this tattoo of a tomato plant and a pecan branch for Matt a few weeks ago. As a gardener, I always love doing tattoos of plants. There’s been a lot of discussion over whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable–a tomato is technically a berry, it is the ovary as well as the seeds of a flowering plant. This may seem of little consequence, but it’s actually led to legal disputes in the United States. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws that imposed a duty on vegetables, but not on fruits, caused the tomato’s status to become a matter of legal importance. The U.S. Supreme Court settled this controversy on 10 May 1893, by declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use, that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert. The holding of this case applies only to the interpretation of the Tariff Act of 3 March 1883, and the court did not purport to reclassify the tomato for botanical or other purposes. The pecan is actually not a nut, but a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by an outer husk. Thanks again Matt!