Washington C.H., Ohio (AP) -- Through the persistence of some school students, Ohio now has an official state fruit: The tomato.
Students at Miami Trace Elementary in Washington Court House began a t-shirt and letter-writing campaign in the fall of 2005 after teacher Christina Schingledecker read about the orange being named the state fruit of Florida.
She decided the tomato was a good choice for ohio since the state is a major producer of tomato products.
While many think of the tomato as a vegetable, botanists say it's actually a type of berry.
A bill finally passed last fall.
Miami Trace students joined Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland for a ceremonial signing last week designating the tomato Ohio's fruit.
Washington Court House is about 40 miles southwest of Columbus.
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