Let's Talk About Tomatoes
Tomatoes are in season and ready for you to enjoy. While you slip them into your weeknight supper, here are a few fun things about this beautiful piece of produce.
11 Fun Facts about Tomatoes:
1. The popular question of if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable has a very interesting answer. Technically, tomatoes are fruits, since it is the ripened seed baring part of the plant. But legally, it is a vegetable. In 1893 the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were to be considered vegetables in the court ruling NIX v. HEDDEN, 149 U.S. 304 (1893).
2. Tomatoes are a natural vitamin source. According to the California Tomatoes Growers Association, a four-ounce tomato provides roughly one-third of the daily recommended amounts for vitamin C as well as, some beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and other B vitamins like iron and fiber.
3. Studies have shown that people who eat large amounts of tomatoes or tomato products may be at lower risk of some kinds of cancer. That is because tomatoes are packed with Lycopene, an antioxidant and has been shown to prevent cancer.
4. Thomas Jefferson was a tomato connoisseur.
5. Tomatoes are cholesterol free.
6. In the 19th century the tomato was referred to as the “apple of love” in France.
7. 93% of American gardeners grow tomatoes in their gardens.
8. The tomato is thought to have originated in Peru. The Aztec’s name for a tomato translates into “plump thing with a navel.”
9. The tomato is the state fruit of New Jersey. It is also the State fruit and vegetable of Arkansas.
10. Florida is the number one tomato producer in the United States.
11. According to the USDA Americans eat between 22-24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year. (Tomato sauce and ketchup play into that number.)
Now here are a few great tomato recipes to try the next time you want to include this superstar into your meals.
First-Rate Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe
Tomato, Basil, Couscous and Lentil Salad
Heirloom Tomato Soup with Shrimp and Avocado
Garlic Roasted Tomato Soup
Roasted Cod, Tomatoes, Orange & Onions