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Tomatoes Ag facts
Lycopersicon lycopersicum is the scientific term for the common tomato, which means "wolf peach."
tomatoes are a fruit. Generally, a fruit is the edible part of the plant that contains the seeds, while a vegetable is the edible stems, leaves, and roots of the plant. However, it took a Supreme Court ruling in 1893 to make the tomato a vegetable.
Tomatoes belong to the same family as nightshade, the tomato's deadly cousin.
Tomatoes are made up of about 95% water, making a great treat for those who are health concious.
Storing tomatoes in the refrigerator lessens the flavor.
In the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable.
The average person consumes seven 14-ounce bottles of ketchup annually.
The tomato is native to both North and South America and was originally cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early at 700 A.D.
Because of the vivid red color of the tomato, many British and early Americans believed the tomato was poisonous; but in the early 1800's, Americans took note of the tomato-enhanced gumbos and jambalayas made by the Creoles in New Orleans. Soon the people of Maine started combining tomatoes with their many seafood dishes.