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Top 50 Interesting Facts About Tomatoes

Updated on November 13, 2019

Tomato Interesting Facts: 1-10

  • Botanically, tomatoes are fruits and not vegetables.
  • Green tomatoes will ripen if they are stored with apples.
  • Tomatoes are world’s most popular fruit.
  • It’s estimated that there are over 25,000 different tomato varieties.
  • As part of a scientific experiment, tomato seedlings have been grown in space.
  • 94.5% of the weight of a typical tomato is nothing but water.
  • It is believed that Tomatoes originally originated from Peru, where their Aztec name translated to "plump thing with a navel".
  • China is the largest producer of tomatoes.
  • Tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey.
  • Tomatoes are the official state fruit of Ohio and tomato juice is the official beverage of Ohio.

Varities Of Tomatoes

Tomato Interesting Facts: 11-20

  • Refrigeration deteriorates flavour and quality of tomatoes.
  • They were first brought to Europe in the mid 1500’s.
  • Leaves of tomato plant are toxic.
  • Tomatoes are not always red. They can come in a variety of colours like yellow, pink, purple, black and even white!
  • The scientific word for tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which mean “wolf peach”.
  • 93% of American gardeners grow tomatoes in their yards.
  • An average size tomato boasts only 24 calories.
  • If stored tomatoes are exposed to sunlight, they lose their Vitamin C.
  • The French originally called tomatoes the "apple of love”.
  • "Bloody Mary" made from Tomato juice is an effective cure for hangover.

Bloody Mary Drink History

Tomato Interesting Facts: 21-30

  • One of the less conventional uses of tomato juice is that it is a perfect substitute for human blood in movie sets for crime scenes.
  • Gazpacho which is one of the most common dishes found in Spanish cuisine is tomato soup served cold.
  • Tomatoes can stay fresh for long periods of time if they are stored with their stems down.
  • Spain holds "La Tomatina" festival annually which includes a giant tomato fight, where people throw approximately 150,000 overripe tomatoes at each other.
  • Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, C, fibre, calcium, potassium but are cholesterol free making it ideal for weight watchers.
  • Even after being harvested, tomatoes will keep on gaining weight as they keep on ripening.
  • Tomato sauce is an effective medium for cleaning jewellery and items made from copper. The salt and acidity present in the sauce helps to remove copper oxides and transform it back to its shiny shelf.
  • Tomatoes are the richest source of Lycopene, an antioxidant that is good for the skin and effective against certain form of cancers.
  • It was once believed that tomatoes were poisonous, since they belong to the deadly nightshade family.
  • Due to high concentration of Vitamin C, Tomatoes are extremely beneficial for skin.

Bollywood Movie Song Depicting 'La Tomatina'

Tomato Interesting Facts: 31- 40

  • The Guinness World Record for the most tomatoes harvested from a single plant in one year weighed 522.464 kg. The Tomato plant was at the Epcot Science project at Walt Disney World Company in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA.
  • The weight of the largest tomato to be ever picked was 3.5 kilos. It was grown in Oklahoma, USA in year 1986.
  • Arkansas state in USA considers tomato as both its State Fruit and State Vegetable.
  • There is no mention of tomatoes in either the Bible or in the works of Shakespeare.
  • Lycopene which is part of the family of pigments called carotenoids imparts red colour to tomatoes.
  • There is even a striped variety of tomato with green and yellow zebra-like stripes, called Green Zebra.
  • In Germany tomatoes were called “The Apple of Paradise”.
  • Americans obtain more vitamins from tomatoes than from any other vegetable.
  • Tomatoes play a very important role in Mediterranean cuisine such as Italian. Since they are an important ingredient in pizza and pasta sauces.
  • Cooking the tomatoes increases the nutritional value, as more beneficial chemicals are released.

Green Zebra Tomato

Tomato Interesting Facts: 41-50

  • The most famous tomato based sauce in the world is Ketchup.
  • Florida is the leader in the production and sale of fresh market tomatoes.
  • During the 17th and 18th century, tomatoes were often used in Italy as a table decoration.
  • Tomato paste is a cheap method for removing chlorine from hair.
  • The earliest known cookbook with tomato recipes was published in Naples, Italy, in 1692 - though the recipes are Spanish in origin.
  • 96% of the American processed tomato production comes from California.
  • The first spaghetti with tomato recipe was invented in 1790 by Francesco Leonardi who was an Italian Chef and food author, born in Rome.
  • Average American eats around 24 pounds of tomato each year.
  • In cooler climates, tomatoes are usually grown in greenhouse.
  • In Italy, Tomatoes are called “Pomodorowhich means “Golden Apple” because when it arrived from the Americas it had a bright golden colour.

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