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Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) belongs to the potato genus. The red fruit is categorized as a vegetable in the context of food, but it should actually be classified as a berry. The red color is the most common, but tomatoes can also be yellow, green, and orange. Below you will find some fun and interesting facts about the world’s most popular vegetable (which we will continue to call it)!

Thought tomatoes were poisonous…

One could say that tomatoes were almost put on trial on June 28, 1820, in Salem, New Jersey, USA. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate a bunch of tomatoes to prove that they were not poisonous. The audience waited for him to die, which he did not. [source]

Commercial tomatoes are usually genetically modified…

The genetically modified tomato developed by commercial farmers to provide the vegetable with a uniform color had the unintended result of inhibiting internal sugar reactions that give tomatoes a sweeter taste. This mutation (and lack of flavor) has been cultivated in nearly all commercial tomato crops. [source]

The genetically modified tomato developed by commercial farmers to provide the vegetable with a uniform color had the unintended result of inhibiting internal sugar reactions that give tomatoes a sweeter taste. This mutation (and lack of flavor) has been cultivated in nearly all commercial tomato crops.

Tomato records…

The heaviest tomato ever grown weighed a whopping 4,377 kilograms (9,649 pounds). It was cultivated in the city of Clinton, New York, and was harvested (and weighed) on September 20, 2019. Similarly, the largest tomato plant covered an area of 85.46 square meters at Tomato-no-mori in Hokkaido, Japan, documented on November 10, 2013. It was measured 350 days after the seed was planted, according to the Guinness World Records 2016. [source]

TomTato…

In 2013, a British company developed the so-called “TomTato” – a plant that grows potatoes underground and tomatoes aboveground. You can find a picture of the TomTato below. Is this what they call “French fries with ketchup” plants? [source]

In 2013, a British company developed the so-called "TomTato" - a plant that grows potatoes underground and tomatoes aboveground. You can find a picture of the TomTato below. Is this what they call "French fries with ketchup" plants?

A robot everyone should have…

A Japanese company invented a robot that sits on your back and feeds you tomatoes while you run. Sounds like the gift of the year! [source]

Why you shouldn’t grow tomatoes in Zambia…

An Italian charity worker decided to teach the people of Zambia how to grow food and paid the locals to cultivate tomatoes in a fertile valley that had previously lacked agriculture. When the tomatoes grew big and ripe, 200 hippos from a nearby river came and ate them all. “That’s why we don’t have agriculture here“, explained a Zambian afterward. [source]

Tomato juice is different in the States…

To produce tomato juice, you need tomatoes, of course. Most countries produce the juice using fresh tomatoes. However, this is very uncommon in the United States, where tomato juice is instead produced from tomato paste. [source]

To produce tomato juice, you need tomatoes, of course. Most countries produce the juice using fresh tomatoes. However, this is very uncommon in the United States, where tomato juice is instead produced from tomato paste.

The killer tomatoes attack…

There is a cult comedy-horror film from 1978 about tomatoes rebelling against humans, and their only weakness is a song called “Puberty Love.” The film is called “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” and had a budget of one hundred thousand dollars. And good thing too because the film managed to gross $567,000! The movie has a rating of 4.7 out of 10 on IMDb, which is not too bad. You can find the trailer for the film by clicking HERE. [source]

Something good always comes with La Tomatina…

After La Tomatina, the annual tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain (as seen in the picture below), the village’s cobblestone streets are clinically clean. This is due to the acidity of the tomatoes, which disinfect and clean the surfaces. [source]

After La Tomatina, the annual tomato-throwing festival held in Bunol, Spain (as seen in the picture below), the village’s cobblestone streets are clinically clean. This is due to the acidity of the tomatoes, which disinfect and clean the surfaces.

It is highly likely that you can grow on Mars…

It is entirely possible to grow edible tomatoes, radishes, peas, cress, and rye in soil resembling the reddish gravel found on the planet Mars. This has given researchers high hopes for colonizing the red planet. [source]


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