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Re: herbs and spices; OT, now tomato


So, ol' Ronny was abiding by the law of the land?  I didn't know that.  Man,
hanging out with you guys is like a plethora of new things...or a cornacopia...or
a...

In either case you folks spice up my life!

DF

jim singer wrote:

> david, it was the u.s. supreme court that decided the tomato was a
> vegetable--in the 17th or 18th century. seems vegetable imports were taxed
> but fruit imports were not and, well, the feds needed more revenues [does
> this come as a surprise?]. at the time, it appears, we imported most of our
> tomatoes from the west indies.
>
> At 10:45 AM 12/30/02 -0800, you wrote:
> >I don't claim to be a culinary master however I do have a book someplace that
> >explains herbs and spices and goes into the history of both.  I haven't
> >looked at
> >it in quite some time (not sure I could even find it) but the question is
> >somewhat
> >like the fruit and vegetable thing.  A tomato is a fruit regardless of
> >what Ronald
> >Reagan says.
> >
> >In general though herbs are leafy plants whose leaves are used either whole or
> >crushed.  A spice is a seed or bark of certain or plants.  I can't think of an
> >exception to that right now but I'm sure there are some.
> >
> >DF
> >
> >Josh Haskell wrote:
> >
> > > I know there are several culinary masters on the list.  Can anyone
> > explain the
> > > distinction between herbs and spices?
> > >
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