26 Fruits

The tomato gender-bends, ubiquitously subversive, slyly ambivalent. This confusion is fruit AND veg, juicy-fat with an austere smack, a saucy, sexy red yet the real muscle of the fruit pack . Small wonder pomodori are patronised to sainthood by Italians, living well with life's contradictions. To live without tomatoes is to wither on a pathetically pip-less vine.

Tomato by Will Awdry