31Days of Fruits & Vegetables – Tomatos
The tomato, the edible fruit is most known in ketchup and tomato sauce. Originated in the Southern and Central America, it was first used in Mexico and named tomate before later being translated to tomato in English. The tomato has seeds and grows like a flowering plant making it a fruit and not a vegetable. Even when the laws changed in 1887, the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes should be still considered a fruit and not a vegetable.
Some fun facts about tomatoes include
Tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey. They are the official state fruit of Ohio and tomato juice is the official beverage of Ohio.
In cooler climates, tomatoes are usually grown in greenhouses.
China, of course, is the largest producer of tomatoes, accounting for one-quarter of the world’s production in 2009. The United States and India come in second and third.
Although the most popular color for tomatoes is red, they do come in other varieties including green, yellow, orange, pink, black, brown, white, and purple.
More than 7500 tomato varieties grown around the world.
I bet you can’t name all the different types of tomatoes? Beefsteak tomatoes are large, often used for sandwiches. Oxheart tomatoes vary in size and are shaped like large strawberries. Plum tomatoes (including pear tomatoes), are usually oblong, and used in tomato sauce and paste. Cherry tomatoes are small round, often sweet and eaten whole in salads. Campari tomatoes are sweet and juicy of small to medium size.
The tomato is eaten in many different ways, raw like a fruit, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salsas, salads, processed into ketchup or tomato soup. Tomato juice is made as a drink and used in cocktails like a Bloody Mary.
Tomatoes are very popular in Mediterranean cuisines such as Italian. They are an important ingredient in pizza and pasta sauces.
The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in the small Spanish town of Buñol. The festival called La Tomatina involves some 40,000 people throwing 150,000 tomatoes at each other.
As of 2013, the heaviest tomato according to Guinness World Record weighed 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz) and was grown by G. Graham in 1986, Oklahoma, USA.
There are numerous benefits of tomatoes and are surprisingly packed with nutrients and vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are a good source of copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Other health benefits include improving vision, helping digestion, lowing hypertension, managing diabetes, and skin care. Yup, I was surprised myself.
Recipes including tomatos are
Tomato Sauce with Grilled Cheese
Fried Green Tomatos
Oven Roasted Tomatos
Tomato and Cheese Tart
I mean the recipes are endless, but we had to name just a few. If you have any cool recipes for tomatoes please comment and share. We’d love to hear from you. Take It Easy Tiger