Canada: Problem in Petioles

Fruit or vegetable? For a Buffalo court last week that was the barb in rhubarb. U.S. canners who import rhubarb from Canada want to call it a fruit, subject to a 35% duty. The U.S. Customs Department wants to go on calling it a vegetable, subject to a 50% duty.

The court gave customs and canners 60 days to do their classifying, but in Canada a Government expert tried to be helpful. "A vegetable," explained Dr. F. L. Drayton, Dominion botanist, gravely, "is simply a piece of vegetation. A fruit, on the other hand,...

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