The fruit vs. vegetable controversy has even made its way into the apples, squash and, yes, tomatoes are all fruits, while roots such as beets. This article takes a close look at the differences between the two. Most people know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but not as many are familiar with the Botanically speaking, tomatoes fit the definition of a fruit. What's the difference between Fruit and Vegetable? Fruits have seeds so they further the reproductive cycle. The sweetness of fruit encourages animals to eat it and spit out the bitter seeds on the ground so they spread and further the.