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Tomato from a supermarket and cross section
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Solanum
Species: S. lycopersicum
Binomial name
Solanum lycopersicum

The tomato is a fruit. It is shiny and smooth. It has many small seeds. It is very tasty. It is also very good for you. Most tomatoes are red. The tomato is green when it is unripe. It slowly changes color from green to red as it gets ripe. There are many different types of tomatoes. Some kinds of tomato are yellow or orange when they are ripe. Tomatoes are used a lot in Italian food. They are also used to make ketchup. Tomatoes are fruit, not vegetables. We can tell they are fruit, because they contain seeds. Tomato seeds are dispersed by being eaten by animals. After being eaten the seeds pass through the animal's digestive system.

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