Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Rasmussen, N. A.
The tomato, pp. 166-170 PDF (1.1 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. off allowing only the center leading stem to grow. In this way plants may be set 18x30 inches. Twelve plants well cared for in this way will supply a family with plenty of fruit for the table, also an abundance for pickling, canning and preserving and a liberal quantity to give to friends. A Member: There is one question that bothers me a great deal; in the paper the tomato was called a fruit. I have heard it called a fruit and I have heard it called a vegetable. Mr. Rasmussen: From everything that I could find in looking up the plant in all the books I could secure, I can bring you all the evidence you want that it is a fruit, also that it is a vegetable. Mr. Irving Smith: I have been in several discussions on that very question and it is a very interesting discussion too. Wk have come to the conclusion that it is a fruit used as a vegetable, that is the only decision we can come to. The Secretary: We have a botanist here, Prof. Cheney, no doubt he can enlighten us on that subject. Prof. Cheney: Briefly, I should say it is simply a matter of usage. A fruit, botanically, is the ripened seed case of a plant, and in that sense a tomato is a fruit, but without question it is used as a vegetable. I should say it is a matter of usage. The term vegetable, in a broad sense, includes everything that grows out of the ground, but that it is not the way you would use it, of course, in gardening, the term is used as applying to carrots and potatoes and that sort of thing generally, and there it applies as well to the tomato. A Member: I would like to ask the tomato grower whether he has tried putting his plants down, to lay them down instead of setting them upright. Mr. Rasmussen: I have on occasions, but the roots formed along the stem, formed to grow a new plant before I had any material to grow fruit from. A Member: So you would not recommend that? Mr. Rasmussen: I would not recommend that kind of plant- ing, it is growing too fast. 170 i
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