Hot Tomato Facts

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  1. The Pueblo people, who are native to America’s Southwest are thought to have believed that those who witnessed the ingestion of tomato seeds were blessed with the powers of divinity.
  2. Tomatoes contain carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidants.
  3. Tomato juice has been the state beverage of Ohio since 1965.
  4. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest tomato ever was weighed at 7 pounds and 12 ounces.
  5. Buñol, Spain celebrates the La Tomatina festival by throwing 250,000 lbs. of smashed tomatoes at each other. The festival began in 1945.
  6. 93% of American gardening households grow tomatoes.
  7. The largest worldwide producer of tomatoes is China, producing nearly 29 million tons more than the U.S., which was the second top producer in 2010.
  8. When the tomato was first introduced to Europe, the French referred to it as “The Apple of Love.” The Latin, scientific name, for the common tomato translates to “Wolf Peach.”
  9. Bathing in tomato juice is an excellent way to wash the smell of a skunk from your body.
  10. The USDA currently lists 25,000 different varieties of tomatoes.