8 Things You Didn’t Know About Tomatoes

SUNSET Tomatoes

In celebration of Fresh Tomato Day, we wanted to share some fun facts about our favorite fruit, tomatoes (and if you didn’t know that tomatoes are technically fruits, not vegetables, consider that a bonus fun fact!)!.  Where did the tomato come from? How did it get its name? Find answers to these questions and more tomato trivia below!

Tomato Trivia You Should Know...

  1. Where does the word tomato come from? The English form “tomate” first appeared in the 17th century, and was later modified to “tomato”, probably under the influence of the more familiar “potato”.
  2. Thousands of people from all over the world make their way to Bunol Spain to participate in La Tomatina, the World’s Biggest Food Fight. More than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets!
  3. The first cultivated tomatoes were yellow and cherry-sized, earning them the name golden apples.
  4. The Latin name for the cultivated tomato translates to edible wolf's peach, though no one is quite sure why.
  5. During the 17th and 18th centuries tomatoes were often used by Italians as table decorations.
  6. Tomatoes were once known as “love apples”.
  7. The heaviest tomato ever recorded (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) weighed 8.61 pounds! The tomato was grown by Dan Sutherland of the United States.
  8. New Jersey claims the tomato as its State Vegetable. However, Arkansas wins by giving the tomato the title of both State Vegetable and State Fruit.

Which of these tomato facts did you find most interesting? Share your thoughts or YOUR favorite bit of tomato trivia with us in celebration of #FreshTomatoDay!

 

Submit Comment

Learn More on
Get Cooking With Roger Mooking