10 Unknown Facts About Tomatoes
tomatoes are small
The tiny tomatoes first grown thousands of years ago by Andean peoples are now 100 times larger.
now they are giants
Dan Sutherland of Walla Walla amplified it. The world's heaviest tomato weighed 8.6 pounds, the same as a newborn baby. in 2016
NASA and partners run Tomatosphere. The International Space Station returns tomato seeds to orbit.
fruit vs vegetable
Tennessee and Ohio call it their state fruit, New Jersey a veggie and Arkansas both. Tomato is their official vegetable in many states.
Italians were the first to cultivate and cook tomatoes. Other European countries grew the plant as an ornamental, not for food.
Tomatoes are delicious and healthy
Most tomatoes are red because of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Americans eat tomatoes most.
Americans consume 30 pounds of canned or sauteed tomatoes annually. Tomatoes sell more than our country's favorite fruit, apples.