Enigmatic as it is succulent, the tomato lies at the intersection between fruit and vegetable, falling just barely into “fruit” category. In the 1886 case of Nix v. Hedden the U.S. Supreme Court actually made the ruling that tomatoes are vegetables; however, tomatoes are fruits, botanically speaking. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany defines a fruit as “strictly, the ripened ovary of a plant and its contents. More loosely, the term is extended to the ripened ovary and seeds together with any structure with which they are combined.” Which means the tomato is a fruit, Supreme Court be damned. Want to know some more little-known tomato facts? Read on.