Interesting Tomato Facts

Here are some tomato facts you may not know. You might be interested in learning more about tomato history. And did you know that tomatoes are the primary food source for lycopene, a powerful antioxidant? Antioxidants, as you may be aware, may play a big role in lowering the risk of cancer and infection. Lycopene is also the source of the tomato's red color. Read on for other information you may not know!

What is known about the origin of tomatoes?

Tomatoes have an interesting history -- after the seeds were brought back by sailors from the New World the early Europeans thought the unusual fruit was poisonous and good only as an ornamental. Historians have traced the tomato's origins back as far as 700 AD in the South American region where the Aztecs lived.

The tomato is a vegetable -- right?

Well, yes--and no. It depends on your point of view. A protest over tarriffs caused the question to be brought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1880's. Read the article Tomato - Fruit or Vegetable? to find out the decision!

Tomatoes are very nutritious

There's no reason to limit your intake of tomatoes unless you have a sensitive stomach. In addition to lycopene they are also a major dietary source of vitamin C. The complete vitamin and mineral composition sourced from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is detailed in Tomato Nutrition Facts.


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