Fun Facts About Cherry Tomatoes
•The cherry tomato is a very small variety of tomato that has been cultivated since at least the early 1800s and are thought to have originated in Peru and northern Chile.
•Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumb tip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from being round to slightly oblong in shap. The more oblong ones often share characteristic with plum tomatoes, and are known as grape tomatoes.
•Some varieties of grape tomatoes are named Santorini, Sungold, Yellow Pear, Camp Joy, and Black Cherry.
•Originally tomatoes were considered poisonous by Europeans. It was thought that if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood to acid!
•The tomato is the world's most popular fruit with more than 60 million tons produced worldwide.
•There are more than 4,000 varieties of tomatoes ranging in size, shape and color.
•Botanically, the tomato is a fruit. However, in 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it a vegetable.
•According to the USDA, Americans eat more than 22 pounds of tomatoes each year, more than half of this amount in the form of ketchup and/or tomato sauce.
•Tomatoes are grown in every state in the United States except Alaska.
Reasons to Eat Tomatoes
One-half cup of sliced tomato is:
•A good source of vitamins C & A.
•A source of vitamin K & potassium.
•Rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that may decrease the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.
•The human body cannot produce lycopene so it can only be obtained by eating lycopene-rich foods.
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