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Tomatoes
"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins". - Laurie Colwin

Tomatoes

• Tomatoes are NOT indigenous to Italy!
• The tomato is the world's most popular FRUIT, not vegetable.
• Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and potassium.
• 40% of Americans who raise their own tomatoes do it for taste, not health.
• Tomatoes are indigenous to tropical South America, but were domesticated in Mexico.
• Ripe tomatoes are best kept out at room temperature.
• The tomato is a member of the nightshade family, making it a cousin of the eggplant, red pepper, and potato.
• The U.S., China, India, Italy and Turkey are the largest producers of tomatoes.
• Florida and California are the largest producers in the United States.
• Tomatoes grown primarily for canning are raised in California.
• Tomatoes are the most widely grown home garden crop in the world.
• For many years the tomato was thought to be poisonous because they were associated with the deadly nightshade.
• Per capita, the U.S. consumes 18.8 pounds a year.
• Tomatoes are a good source of Lycopene, one of nature's most powerful antioxidants, which is known to reduce the risk of cancer.
• In 1981, the USDA chairman declared Ketchup to be a vegetable in order to justify Reagan administration budget cuts in the school program.
• The rule of thumb is that red tomatoes are higher in acid and yellow tomatoes are higher in sugar. All other colors, like black, browns, greens, and striped, vary in acidity and sweetness.