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Tomato Trivia

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 Livingston Seed Company

  • 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 Veggies

  • 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 a smoothie?

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When making large amounts of juice or sauce, you will need a tomato strainer and sauce maker, to easily remove seeds and skin.  See Tomato Strainers.

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