Help Us Decide Whether This Is a Tomato or a Pepper

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#1

The current hot topic in the Atlas Obscura group chat: is the fruit in the image below a tomato or a pepper? DEF PEP or HOT TOMAT?! Please vote below to help us decide.

  • Pep
  • Tomat

0 voters


#2

I wouldn’t say DEF PEP but I would say PROB PEP.


#3

Judging from the donut hole (probably from taking the seeds out) and the overall hollowness of the thing, it’s PROB PEP. Tomatoes are usually more wholesome…


#4

Given how sturdy the mysterious veg is in this hand, it’s definitely a PEP. Its well-constructed ridges, color, visible ‘meat’ and perfectly circular space where its steam once was are also significant clues. If it were a tomato it would look soggy and less ridged.


#5

Google says tomato:


#6

Computers are not advanced enough to process reliable vegetable identification. DEF PEP.


#7

This is our “What color is the dress?” moment.

But also: TEAM PEP.


#8

A tomato would look so much soggier/grosser.


#9

Not to be pedantic, but both TOM and PEP are technically fruits. :stuck_out_tongue:


#10

WE LOVE PEDANTS, you’ve come to the right place.


#11

Oh my god, you’re right! I’ve been so blinded by the controversy that I missed that.


#12

In favor of PEP:

  • It’s quite rigid, based on the size and the position of the person’s grip.
  • The rough texture on the interior wall is similar to that of a common bell pepper.
  • The central portion that was cut out would represent a remarkably large stem for a tomato, even for an heirloom.

#13

A quick google suggests that peppers are more readily recommended as food for tortoises:

Feeding your tortoise

Tortoises like a variety of plant-based foods, says Dr. Jaynes.

Produce : About 80% of your pet tortoise’s daily diet should be fresh vegetables like kale, dandelions and collard greens. For fun, toss in a little green or yellow bell pepper, sweet potato, squash or cauliflower. It’s good to provide powdered calcium and vitamin D3 to the salad around 3 times a week, which strengthen a tortoise’s shell.

Fruit : Apples, melon and grapes should make up no more than 20% of a tortoise’s diet. Offer your tortoise fruit every third or fourth feeding.

Other : Tortoises also like Timothy and alfalfa hay and commercial tortoise food.

-Turtle & Tortoise Food: What to Feed Your Pet | PetSmart


#14

For sure a tomato


#15

@lexberko Where is this tortoise from? Is it a Galapagos Island tortoise?


#16

Correct.


#17

I think it might be a tomato, here’s why: the amount of septum (not sure if this is the correct term)


Feel like if this was a bell pepper, there would be less of them/some would be less pronounced


#18

Also correct.


#19

Yet you’re too afraid to vote for it… I smell a lack of conviction.


#20

I did vote for it