The South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato was adopted as the official state fruit and vegetable of Arkansas on March 16, 1987.
The tomato is considered a fruit botanically, but is often used as a vegetable. Because of the dual nature of the tomato, the sponsoring legislation adopted the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato as both the official state fruit and the official state vegetable of Arkansas.
Tennessee has also adopted the tomato as their official state fruit however, Tenneseess does not specify a specific variety.
The following information was excerpted from the Arkansas Code, Title 1, Chapter 4, Section 1-4-115.
Title 1. General Provisions.
Chapter 4. State Symbols, Motto, Etc.
1-4-115. State fruit and vegetable.
It is found and determined by the General Assembly that the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato has a taste, texture, appearance, and aroma second to none and that the tomato is botanically a fruit and used as a vegetable. It is further determined by the General Assembly that Arkansas does not have a state fruit or a state vegetable. Therefore, the South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato shall be the official state fruit and the official state vegetable.
History. Acts 1987, No. 255, § 1.
Arkansas Code. Arkansas General Assembly. 2005. 22 April 2005 <http://184.108.40.206/data/ar_code.asp>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
Official State Fruit and Vegetable: aka: South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato. The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture from the Central Arkasas Library System.
Tomatoes: University of Arkasas, Division of Agriculture: Cooperative Extension Service.
Website: Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival: A southern Arkansas tradition for over 50 years.
State Fruit: Complete list of official state fruit.
State Vegetables: Complete list of official state vegetables.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Arkansas state symbols.
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Bradley County: Bradley County, Arkansas USGenWeb Project Home Page.
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