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

Before I read Daniela‘s entry Tomato Lover, all I knew about tomatoes was existence of green tomatoes, red tomatoes and rotten tomatoes.

And also that there was  the overly proud Lord Tomato in Gianni Rodari‘s eponymous Tale of Cipollino. According to Wikipedia, the tale is about “a children’s tale about political oppression.”  Surprisingly, this tale was extremely famous in Soviet Union — what a cool topic is that.  By the way, when I was a child, I found Cipollino very attractive; I guess that is something common for girls.  Two weeks after I have watched the ballet Cipollino for children in Tashkent with my three-year-old daughter, I took her to the Swan Lake.  In the middle of the ballet, she declared that she wants Cipollino instead of “this black bird.”  Loudly.  It was funny. I also found these funny pictures about the overly proud Lord Tomato and Cipollino on the web:

Let me share some quick facts.

So, do you think tomato is a vegetable or fruit?  Tomato is actually a fruit.  The case considered by the U.S. Supreme Court back in 1893 proves that people were and are still find it arguable, but botanically it is a fruit.

Fruit or vegetable, we love eating tomatoes.  Americans eat an average of 80 pounds of tomatoes every year.

Tomato is the world’s most popular fruit. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit, the banana.  Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).

Also, different studies show that tomato decreases the risk of different types of cancer.

Tomato is also a great source for diets due to the high level of vitamins and low fat in it.  Still, they have some calories due to the sugar.  Who would ever thing that there is sugar in tomato?

And… tomatoes are excellent for the skin and can be used as a home facial too.

Earlier in the 16th century, tomatoes were called as “love apples” as they were considered to be a type of berry.  Depending upon the region where they are grown and ripened, the flavor of the tomatoes varies.

Eat tomato, love tomato, but be careful of the tomato allergy.  Surely these 40,000 people, who participated in the world’s biggest tomato festival Tomatina in Spain do not have a tomato allergy!



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