Sunday, September 05, 2010

The Incredible Edible.....Tomato!

The tomato is the worlds most consumed fruit ahead of apples and bannanas.

Spanish explorer Cortés may have been the first to transfer the small yellow tomato to Europe after he captured the Aztec city of Tenochtítlan, now Mexico City, in 1521.

Tomatoes were not grown in England until the 1590s.

Currently China produces almost 34 million tonnes of tomatoes. That is three times as much as the U.S.

The pronunciation of tomato differs in different English-speaking countries; the two most common variants are /təˈmɑːtoʊ/ and /təˈmeɪtoʊ/. Speakers from the British Isles, most of the Commonwealth, and speakers of Southern American English typically say /təˈmɑːtoʊ/, while most American and Canadian speakers usually say /təˈmeɪtoʊ/

The heaviest tomato ever was one of 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz)

On August 30, 2007, 40,000 Spaniards gathered in Buñol to throw 115,000 kilograms (250,000 lb) of tomatoes at each other in the yearly Tomatina festival.

Botanically, a tomato is a fruit: the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant.

In 2009, the state of Ohio passed a law making the tomato the state's official fruit. Tomato juice has been the official beverage of Ohio since 1965

The U.S. Supreme Court on May 10, 1893 declared that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use, that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert. Thus collecting a higher tariff tax at the time.

The poll resaults are clear and consistant with what the whole world has to say.... Give me my tomatoes!!!!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

One of the things I love to do with international folks is point out that tomatoes didn't exist in Europe until after Cortez. That means no tomatoes in Italian food, no tomatoes in Indian food, and so on. Then I tell them the same about potatoes, chocolate, and coffee. It is funny how blown-away people tend to get by these facts!