I’ve told you all about our rooftop garden. It’s in full bloom now and Chef Yoel Cruz is happily utilizing every last eggplant, leek and pepper. I love everything we’ve planted, but my absolute favorite is tomatoes. There’s nothing better this time of year than a plump, juicy ruby red tomato, right? Here’s a few facts that I dug up about my favorite vegetable.
1.There are over 10,000 varieties of these yummy red veggies.
2. The tomato originated in South America, around 700 A.D. The first Americans to use tomatoes in their cooking were the Creoles in South Lousiana.
3. The largest worldwide producer of tomatoes is China, followed by the U.S.A.,Turkey, India and Egypt.
4. You know that tomato is technically a fruit, but did you know that in 1893, the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes are vegetables? In 1887, U.S. tariff laws that imposed a tax on vegetables–but not on fruits–causing the tomato’s status to buy generic cialis become a matter of legal importance.The court’s decision was made based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use, and while a tomato may biologically be a fruit, it’s served and eaten more like a vegetable.
5. Bathing in tomato juice can get rid of the smell of a skunk spray. I thought that that was an Old Wive’s Tale, but turns out it’s true. Hopefully, I’ll never have to test this, but if anyone does, please let me know.
6. Tomato sauce is an excellent way of cleaning anything made from copper, as the salt and acidity of tomato sauce helps remove copper oxides, leaving bright metal behind.
7. You should never, ever store tomatoes in the fridge. What goes in plump and juicy will come out mealy and with a duller-than-dull flavor. Keep them on the windowsill while they ripen.
You are now officially a tomato expert. You’re welcome.
Eating cooked tomatoes may act as a kind of internal sunscreen, according to researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, England, by helping block UV rays. But eating tomatoes is only a supplement to using sunscreens, they caution, not a replacement. – See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/tomatoes/fun-facts-about-tomatoes#sthash.UaAhjhY7.dpuf