Photo by Fitzwater Photography
1 | Tomatoes originally came from Peru, where their Aztec name translated to “plump thing with a navel”.
2 | Europeans used to believe that the tomato was poisonous, likely because it was part of the nightshade family.
3 | The largest tomato on record is 10 lb 12.7 oz grown by Dan Sutherland in Walla Walla, Washington.
4 | On the last Wednesday of every August, a tomato fight called La Tomatina is held in Buñol, Spain where 20,000 people throw tomatoes at each other.
5 | As part of NASA funding, scientists are modifying the tomato plant to speed up photosynthesis, which will help the plants grow faster in space and also replace carbon dioxide in the space station with breathable air.
6 | Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers. Tomatoes are also packed with vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium.
7 | According to the USDA, Americans eat 22-24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year and roughly half of that comes in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.
8 | The scientific name for the tomato is Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means, “wolf peach.”
9 | China is the number one producer of tomatoes around the world. The U.S. is second.
10 | There are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes that come in a variety of different colors, including pink, purple, black, yellow and white.
We don’t quite have over 10,000 varieties to taste at the farmers’ market, but we do have over 2 dozen local grown and freshly picked varieties. Join us Saturday, August 14th, 9am-12pm at 4040 Riverview Road in Peninsula for our Annual Tomato Tasting where you can taste all the varieties to discover your favorites. We will also have several special tomato focused activities to enjoy. We hope to see you there!