Here we go with the food again. Very shortly after reading today’s prompt, into my head jumped Carly Simon’s voice singing a long-ago (1977) commercial for ketchup (or catsup).
“Anticipation – is making me wait…”
The things that are leftover from our 15-year-old minds!
To be honest, though, the first thought I had for “Anticipate” was something like ‘anticipate: that’s what we do when expecting something in the near future.’
“But,” I said to myself, “There’s a thing I like to post about for which we wait a lifetime – literally.”
I was thinking of heaven, of course.
It was right about then that the condiment appeared in my mind’s eye.
Maybe because it’s a “fruit” of the spirit?
(Yes, the tomato is defined as a fruit, not a vegetable – just in case you were anticipating a debate!)
“Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts, such as roots, leaves, and stems. By those standards, seedy outgrowths such as apples, squash and, yes, tomatoes are all fruits, while roots such as beets, potatoes, and turnips, leaves such as spinach, kale, and lettuce, and stems such as celery and broccoli are all vegetables…
“A lot of foods that are (botanically speaking) fruits, but which are savory rather than sweet, are typically considered vegetables by chefs. This includes such botanical fruits as eggplants, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
“The fruit vs. vegetable debate can sometimes reach such a fever pitch that the law must step in. In the 1893 United States Supreme Court case Nix. v. Hedden, the court ruled unanimously that an imported tomato should be taxed as a vegetable, rather than as a (less taxed) fruit. The court acknowledged that a tomato is a botanical fruit, but went with what they called the “ordinary” definitions of fruit and vegetable — the ones used in the kitchen.”
(quoted from www.livescience.com)
Now you know!
But I digress! This was supposed to be a post appropriate to Sharing God’s Story about how we anticipate heaven and the next age, so here’s a Bible verse:
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Of course, tomatoes and all growing things are a part of God’s creation, so I guess it’s ok to go ahead with the tomato pics.
I bet you’re wondering about “ketchup” vs “catsup,” since I mentioned it earlier.
“Both words are derived from the Chinese ke-tsiap, a pickled fish sauce. It made its way to Malaysia where it became kechap and ketjap in Indonesia. Catsup and katchup are acceptable spellings used interchangeably with ketchup, however, ketchup is the way it is popularly used today. “Catsup”, which dates to the same time, may well be a different Romanization of the same word, trying to come closer to a sound that doesn’t really exist in English.”
(according to www.diffen.com)