Did you know…

DID YOU KNOW…

tomatoesThe scientifically tomatoes are a fruit.  However, in 1893 a Supreme Court decision classified tomatoes as a vegetable.  In Nix vs. Hedden the court ruled that tomatoes must be classified as a vegetable due to their inclusion in ketchup, which was considered a vegetable for school lunch classification purposes. However, subsequent research revealed that the number-one ingredient in ketchup was high-fructose corn syrup. Hence, ketchup is not actually a vegetable but a fruit.

Tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. Even though it is not called a fruit by people, it is indeed one. Tomatoes, or lycopesicon sculentum in Latin, directly translates to Wolf peach, was named by a French botanist named Tournafort, as it was thought to be poisonous, the word Wolf a result of the “poisonous” quality and the word peach due to its round shape.

These luscious looking fruit is a member of the night shade family and is native to Western South America and Central America, but will grow just about anywhere and is used to disguise immature Cannabis plants. The color of the tomato in its native country is yellow and it is a small cherry size, unlike the luscious red tomatoes we are all used to hence the reason it was considered poisonous, although the tomato plants leaves are indeed poisonous.

The national cancer institute has proven that consuming large amounts of tomato can reduce the risk of contracting Cancers like prostate cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, pancreas cancer, colorectal cancer, esophagus cancer, oral cancer, breast cancer, and cervical cancer. These scientists are not sure exactly what it is in the tomato that is so beneficial, but it is the general consent that it could be the lycopenes or the bioflavonoids, these are closely related to beta carotene. Cooking tomatoes is proven to be almost double as effective as eating tomatoes raw.

Tomatoes are excellent for the skin and can be used to do a home facial.

As a face peel you simply rub slices of tomato directly onto the face, concentrating on the areas with a lot of blackheads or blocked pores, the vitamin c content of the tomato has healing powers and the acid unplugs pores as well as removes dead skin. It is also effective as a mask, using thin slices of tomato, placing them on the face and lying down for 10 to 15 minutes there after using the thin slices to rub the juice into skin, and removing the excess leaving the juice on the skin it restores the natural pH of the skin.

Fun tomato facts about eating

American habits. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22- 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year. (More than half of those munchies are ketchup and tomato sauce.)

Popularity. The tomato is America’s fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce, and onions.

ketchup

Ketchup, the leading condiment in America, found in 97% of kitchens, did not begin as the tomato-ey concoction that is now a part of the fabric of our culture. (in my case, also part of the fabric of many t-shirts) The roots of ketchup are traced back to China, with a sauce they called ke-tsiap. Tomatoes were not found in the sauce, or in China at all for that matter. The primary ingredient was fish brine mixed with herbs, and this ke-tsiap was a watery sauce. When it arrived in England in the 17th century, then called catsup, it was being used to make pickled anchovies.

About that time, the Spanish found the tomato in South America and started spreading it around. One hundred or so years later, ketchup met tomato in Mexico, producing a similarly watery sauce. Things started to firm up when F&J Heinz started production in 1876 with their now famous “Tomato Ketchup” recipe.

Bonus fact: While they did have plenty of varieties, the number 57 was made-up by Heinz. He thought it sounded good, and liked the 7 for the “psychological influence of that figure and of its alluring significance to people of all ages.”

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  1. Awesome on all counts…..as per my italian influence, I consume tomatoes almost on a daily basis…..I guess i am on the right track!

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