A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 08, 2021
“If a tomato is a fruit, then ketchup is a jam”

Botanically, a tomato is a fruit. “If a tomato is a fruit, then ketchup is a jam” and “If a tomato is a fruit, then tomato sauce is a jam” and “If a tomato is a fruit, then pizza sauce is a jam” are sayings that have been printed on several images.

“If a tomato is a fruit, does that make ketchup a jam?” was posted on Twitter by  Alexis  on March 2, 2010.  “What I Learned Today From The Internet: If tomatoes are fruit, then ketchup is jam” was posted on Twitter by Dave McInnis on March 8, 2010. “If tomato is a fruit, then ketchup is a jam” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on April 24, 2014.

“If tomato is a fruit, is tomato sauce a jam?” was posted on Twitter by Aaron Fernandez on September 29, 2011. “if tomato’s are fruits does that make tomato sauce a jam/smoothie?” was posted on Twitter by KeiMeARiver on November 20, 2011. “If tomato was a fruit, technically isn’t tomato sauce a jam?” was posted on Twitter by Muhammad Mubeen on June 22, 2012. “If tomatoes are fruit… Then tomato sauce is actually jam” was posted on Twitter by cameron badenhorst on May 31, 2013.

“Pizza sauce is jam” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on September 9, 2018. “Tomatoes are fruit. Pizza sauce IS jam” was posted on Twitter by Theresa Therrien on August 12, 2020. “if tomatoes are fruits, pizza sauce is a jam” was posted on Twitter by Rana The Rana on November 23, 2020. “If tomato is a fruit than pizza sauce is jam” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on July 8, 2021.

“If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup technically a smoothie?” is a related saying.


Wikipedia: Tomato
Fruit versus vegetable
Botanically, a tomato is a fruit—a berry, consisting of the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant. However, the tomato is considered a “culinary vegetable” because it has a much lower sugar content than culinary fruits; it is typically served as part of a salad or main course of a meal, rather than as a dessert. Tomatoes are not the only food source with this ambiguity; bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, eggplants, avocados, and squashes of all kinds (such as zucchini and pumpkins) are all botanically fruit, yet cooked as vegetables. This has led to legal dispute in the United States. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws that imposed a duty on vegetables, but not on fruit, caused the tomato’s status to become a matter of legal importance. In Nix v. Hedden, the U.S. Supreme Court settled the tariff controversy on May 10, 1893, by declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use—they are generally served with dinner and not dessert. The holding of this case applies only to the interpretation of the Tariff of 1883, and the court did not purport to reclassify the tomato for botanical or other purposes.

Wikipedia: Tomato jam
Tomato jam (also referred to as tomato jelly) is a type of fruit preserve prepared with tomatoes and sugar. Green tomatoes are used in some preparations. Some preparations may use honey, and some include bacon. It has been described as “a cross between marmalade and ketchup”.

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 Alexis 
@LexisNotNexis
If a tomato is a fruit, does that make ketchup a jam?
11:17 PM · Mar 2, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Shawna Nichole
@shawnagirl80
If a tomato is a fruit, does that make ketchup a jam?
11:37 PM · Mar 2, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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103.5 KISS FM
@1035KISSFM
We will leave you with this...If a tomato is a fruit, does that make ketchup a jam? Discuss… http://bit.ly/ddg2zX
6:04 PM · Mar 3, 2010·Facebook

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Dave McInnis
@DaveMcInnis
What I Learned Today From The Internet: If tomatoes are fruit, then ketchup is jam.
12:36 PM · Mar 8, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Cooking
@_Cooking_
If a tomato is a fruit, then is ketchup a jam? http://tinyurl.com/ycyytjg
4:45 PM · Apr 12, 2010·Twitter Web Client

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Kissing Kate Barlow
@noelsymone
so if a tomato is a fruit, isn’t ketchup a jam...?
6:16 PM · Dec 18, 2010·TweetDeck

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KR
@realitynapper
If tomato is a fruit shall we think that ketchup is a jam?
10:26 AM · Sep 4, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Rosaly Rubio
@RosalyRubio
RT @rolo360: If tomato is a fruit ....ketchup is a jam ??
7:07 PM · Sep 5, 2011·UberSocial for BlackBerry

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♕ R٤٤ R٤٤
@ReenaSP
If tomato is a fruit is ketchup a jam?
3:14 PM · Sep 25, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Kdrama
@Kdramaseo
If tomato is a fruit… Then ketchup is a jam? #raptor
2:43 AM · Sep 27, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Aaron Fernandez
@aaronfernandezz
@EnctrChronicles
If tomato is a fruit, is tomato sauce a jam?
7:48 PM · Sep 29, 2011·Twitter for iPhone

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KeiMeARiver
@KeiMeARiver
if tomato’s are fruits does that make tomato sauce a jam/smoothie?
12:41 PM · Nov 20, 2011·Twitter Web Client

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Muhammad Mubeen
@novabeen
If tomato was a fruit, technically isn’t tomato sauce a jam?
11:44 PM · Jun 22, 2012·TwitBird

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Romy Taboada
@ThatCoolGuyRomy
They’re telling me that tomatoes are considered as fruit not veges. Now i know. Okeh thanks! So if tomatoes are fruit then is Ketchup a jam?
8:12 AM · Jul 17, 2012·Mobile Web

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Todd william lowndes
@toadish94
If tomatoes are a fruit, does that mean tomato sauce is a jam? #mindblowing
8:38 PM · Nov 19, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Rhys
@RhysDavies97
If a tomato is a fruit does that mean tomato sauce is a jam?
1:11 PM · Jan 12, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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cameron badenhorst
@cam11b
If tomatoes are fruit… Then tomato sauce is actually jam
1:50 AM · May 31, 2013·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Siya Jwili ♛♚
@RollsR_Savage
If a tomato is a fruit, would that
make tomato sauce a jam?
5:49 PM · Oct 13, 2013·Mobile Web (M2)

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/ntrent April 24, 2014
If tomato is a fruit, then ketchup is a jam
COMMENTS
monsus
bonus shower thought: I’ve actually made tomato jam before....and it tasted nothing like ketchup.

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sarah
@sarahtaitie
If tomatoes are a fruit does that mean tomato sauce is a jam?
4:55 AM · Feb 26, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/TasteMyKimchi February 28, 2015
If tomatoes are fruits than ketchup is a jam.

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Scream A Meme
@screamameme
If a tomato is a fruit, is ketchup a jam?
12:03 PM · Aug 7, 2015·Hootsuite

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Brendan Casey
@BrendoCasey
Random thought: If tomato is a fruit, does that make tomato sauce a jam? #ThingsToPonderAtNight
7:37 AM · Apr 20, 2015·Twitter for iPad

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skrrt skrrt
@flamboyanttrash
If tomato is a fruit, does that make tomato sauce a jam?
1:22 PM · Apr 29, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/[deleted] June 26, 2016
If tomato is a fruit, is ketchup jam?

Twitter
mars
@marinaisd3d
Since tomatoes are fruits, doesn’t that mean that tomato sauce is a jam?
11:49 AM · Jan 26, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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Sea Spider
@claireharker2
If tomato is a fruit then ketchup is a jam
8:14 PM · Sep 25, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Ua_Potato October 7, 2017
If the Tomato is a fruit then tomato sauce is a jam making most pasta dishes desserts
Edit: does it make Italian restaurants/pizzerias into bakeries

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/whatsupdoc17 September 9, 2018
Pizza sauce is jam.
COMMENTS
seannyyx
Well tomato is a fruit. But jam/jelly is conserved fruit. Tomato sauce is just very crushed.

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/CorrPlayz September 28, 2018
Tomatoes are fruits. So technically, ketchup is jam.

Twitter
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@SarahSurgey1
If tomatoes are fruit then ketchup is jam surely?
5:13 PM · May 29, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

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Dylan
@gray_lavender
Replying to @thooorne and @LyarOW
Okay, think about it. Jam is like made from fruit. Tomatoes are fruits so, tomato sauce is a jam.
5:48 PM · Apr 24, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Theresa Therrien
@TDTherrien
Replying to @as_per_danielle @Cazzy and 2 others
Tomatoes are fruit. Pizza sauce IS jam.
10:42 PM · Aug 12, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Jelly Acoustic
@Jellyacoustic
If tomatoes are fruits, ketchup is a jam.
2:27 PM · Aug 22, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Rana The Rana
@Ranas_Revenge
if tomatoes are fruits, pizza sauce is a jam
1:25 PM · Nov 23, 2020·Twitter for Android

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dopaminedrunk
@dopaminedrunk
if tomato is a fruit does that make tomato sauce a jam
12:13 AM · May 8, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Stephan #FreePalestine
@StephanReilly
if tomatoes are a fruit is ketchup a jam?
5:17 PM · Jun 26, 2021·Twitter Web App

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/Carson_2x July 8, 2021
If tomato is a fruit than pizza sauce is jam

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