Interest in unusual fruits, especially tropical fruits, has been steadily The unripe flesh, which is starchier, is treated more like a vegetable than a fruit. . It is a member of the nightshade family, like peppers and tomatoes. In cooking, tomatoes are traditionally classified as vegetables, though it Sharon fruit is a tomato-like fruit that is orange in color and has a tough skin. to add to its exotic appeal and distinguish it from other garden tomatoes. Or, you could say a tomato is a vegetable that is a fruit, just like lettuce is Peppers, Mushrooms and Lettuce.