Mmmmm, love those tomatos!

Tomatoes originated in the South American Andes. They were cherry sized and grew wild. The tomato was once considered an aphrodisiac, and in fact the name tomato in Italian is poma amoris or "love apple".

It's hard to believe that this main ingredient of our diet was not that long ago considered poisonous, by Americans. We have Robert Gibbon Johnson to thank for saving the tomato. In 1820, he stood on the steps of a New Jersey courthouse and ate a tomato, proving they were harmless. Thank you Robert, after all where would we be without ketchup for our french fries.

Today, far from being poisonous it is considered one of the most healthy vegetables around. And yes, I did say vegetable. In 1893, the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes are vegetables and not fruits.

Interesting Tomato Facts

Each American consumes about 80 pounds of tomatoes a year.

California produces nearly half of the world's tomatoes, making it the largest grower of tomatoes in the world.

Tomatoes produce lycopene, which is known to fight cancer. I hope this was of some help in your search for more information on tomatoes!!!If you have any ideas for the site please send me an email or become a fan of my farm on facebook!!!!

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