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Entry from October 16, 2014
“If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup technically a smoothie?”

The “ketchup is a vegetable” controversy began in the 1980s with proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regulations. “If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup technically a smoothie?” is a jocular line that has been printed on posters and e-cards.

“Today, I realized that if a tomato is a fruit, wouldn’t that make ketchup a smoothie?” was cited on Twitter on September 26, 2010.


Wikipedia: Ketchup as a vegetable
The ketchup is a vegetable controversy refers to proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regulations, early in the presidency of Ronald Reagan, that intended to provide more flexibility in meal planning to local school lunch administrators coping with National School Lunch Plan subsidy cuts enacted by the Omnibus Regulation Acts of 1980 and 1981. The regulations allowed administrators the opportunity to credit items not explicitly listed that met nutritional requirements. While ketchup was not mentioned in the original regulations, pickle relish was used as an example of an item that could count as a vegetable. A similar controversy arose in 2011 when Congress passed a bill prohibiting the USDA from increasing the amount of tomato paste required to constitute a vegetable; the bill allowed pizza with two tablespoons of tomato paste to qualify as a vegetable.

Twitter
Justin Bieber
‏@BieberSoCal1
Today, I realized that if a tomato is a fruit, wouldn’t that make ketchup a smoothie?
10:58 PM - 26 Sep 2010

Amirite?
Sep 27th 2010
Jman
If tomato is a fruit doesn’t that make ketchup a smoothie, amirite?

Twitter
Elizabeth Marie
‏@MargA_Licious
Sister: Since a tomato is a fruit, does that mean ketchup is a smoothie? http://tumblr.com/xgxjtv6zg
11:39 AM - 27 Sep 2010

Twitter
Vikki StClaire.
‏@vikkeh
If tomatoes are a fruit, Is ketchup technically a smoothie?
5:27 AM - 22 Oct 2010

Twitter
enzi ☆
‏@negativenzi
IF TOMATO IS A FRUIT - ISN’T KETCHUP TECHNICALLY A SMOOTHIE? http://tumblr.com/xjkmytfnt
6:29 AM - 24 Oct 2010

Google Groups: alt.usage.english
Hon my way to Georgia?
John Varela
11/10/10
Re: tomato: fruit *and* vegetable (was: Meaning of “dialect")
(...)
Question: if tomatoes are a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?

Natural Health ezine
So Is Watermelon A Fruit Or Vegetable?
February 21, 2010 by Bob
(...)
COMMENTS
Dave says:
February 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm
This whole vegetable vs fruit thing is stupid. It depends on if you are speaking about common definition, botanical definition, legal definition, etc. For example, the common definition of a tomato is a vegetable. Botanically, it is a fruit. Legally (in the USA) it is a vegetable (there was a Supreme Court ruling, Nix v. Hedden).

So yeah, go ahead and call it a fruit, but realize that unless we’re biologists, that makes ketchup a smoothie.

Google Books
Little Dead Riding Hood
By Amie Borst and Bethany Borst
Provo, UT: Jolly Fish Press
2014
Pg. 37:
If tomatoes are a fruit, then ketchup is a smoothie.

Twitter
Laugh Please
‏@tfunnysaying
If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup technically a smoothie?
9:30 PM - 16 Oct 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Thursday, October 16, 2014 • Permalink