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Little Miss and Mister Pittston at the Tomato Festival of 1999

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Pittston Tomato Festival
A Local Legacy

Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

More than 40,000 people come to the Pittston Tomato Festival to celebrate one of Pittston's favorite fruits. That's right, fruits! Although the tomato is not sweet, it is a fruit rather than a vegetable. That's because science calls a fruit any fleshy material covering the seeds of a plant. The tomato has seeds inside, so it is a fruit -- so are cucumbers, green peppers, and squash. We often refer to them as vegetables, though, because of the way they taste. We tend to think of fruits as sweet; it's a handy way to distinguish between the different kinds of plants that we eat.

The people of Pittston, Pennsylvania, love the tomato, whether it is a fruit or a vegetable. What's your favorite fruit?

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