The world’s most popular fruit vegetable
And if you are still wondering what I am talking about, it is the tomato. A fruit…I mean a vegetable that is consumed the most in all parts of the world and has some very good reasons for being so.
Here are some interesting things to know about the tomato,
• The tomato is native to the Americans.
• As early as 16th century it was grown in Mexico and Central America.
• As the seeds traveled and came to Europe, people thought it was beautiful but poisonous
• It was one daring Thomas Jefferson who ate a raw tomato in public glair that made people believe that indeed the tomato was not poisonous.
• In Italy initially only yellow tomatoes were grown that is why it is called pomodoro meaning golden apple here.
• The Germans called the tomato the apple of paradise.
• The tomato is in the same family as the potato, pepper, eggplant, and petunia.
• Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, iron and phosphorus.
• A versatile vegetable for cooking, tomatoes can be prepared stuffed, baked, boiled, stewed, pickled, and fried, and are the base for many sauces.
• Tomatoes are very high in the carotenoid Lycopene; eating foods with carotenoids can lower your risk of cancer.
• A horn worm can eat an entire tomato plant by itself in one day!
• In the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable!
• Actually a fruit, it took a ruling by the Supreme Court in 1893 to make the tomato a vegetable.
• During the nineteenth century, American cookbooks warned that tomatoes should be cooked for a minimum of three hours before eating to eliminate the raw taste. People were cautioned not to eat tomatoes raw because they were still suspected to be poisonous.
• There are more than 10,000 varieties of tomato.
• Don't store ripe tomatoes in the fridge. Cold temperatures lessen the flavor in tomatoes.
• A medium tomato has about as much fiber as a slice of whole-wheat bread and only about 35 calories.
So now that you know so much about tomato..go grab one right now for all the goodness it has.
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