Here are some tomato trivia, facts, and FAQs that will let you can
use to show family and friends your deep knowledge:
There are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes
Tomatoes are native to South America. They were discovered in the 1600's,
and brought back to Europe.
Tomatoes are members of the deadly "Nightshade" family, and were once thought
to be poisonous
Tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable.
The question of whether tomatoes were a vegetable or a fruit were once debated
on by the U.S. congress.
The first reliable tomato variety was cultivated by Alexander Livingston
in the mid 1800's. More on
At the time they were considered poisonous, Tomatoes were prized more as
exotic ornamentals, than an edible vegetable.
Lycopene in tomatoes is good for heart health.
The largest tomato ever grown was 7.75 pounds. See Giant
The largest yield off a single plant was 340 pounds!
Tomatoes were once believe to be poisonous. On June 28, 1820 Colonel
Robert Gibbon ate a tomato on the step of the courthouse in Salem,
MA. to prove that they are not poisonous.
Thought for the Day: If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup
How to Grow
Learn all about growing Tomatoes:
Garden Tomato Recipes: May we suggest:
When making large amounts of juice or sauce, you will need a tomato strainer
and sauce maker, to easily remove seeds and skin.
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