Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tomato

The volunteer tomato plants in my vegetable patch have given me a good harvest. There are tomatoes of all sizes and hues in it, including some golden ones.
The tomato, Solanum lycopersicum, is another fruit of the Americas which has become popular throughout the world. But it was long thought to be a poisonous fruit. The second part of its name means "wolf peach", showing what people thought of it. When Cortez found it growing in Emperor Montezuma's garden, he took some seeds and introduced the tomato to the Spanish court. It remained a curiosity for a long time.

Tomato became suddenly popular after Joseph Campbell made the tomato soup in 1897, which he introduced to his contemporaries. Now tomato soup is by far the most popular soup in the world.


7 comments:

  1. Oh, what an extraordinary story of this ordinary veg! Orthodox Indian families used to shun this 'imported' veg until a few decades ago -- no lycopene and its antioxidant benefits for them!

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  2. And congrats, Lotusleaf, on your bountiful harvest!

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  3. Thanks, Shailaja. Since the harvest was from volunteer plants, it was like getting something for nothing!

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  4. Great info on tomatoes, Padma. I planted mine only a few days ago. The cherry tomatoes re-seed every year without fail so I never bother to keep the seeds. Your harvest looks wonderful!! Enjoy!

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  5. I love the volunteer tomatoes, sometimes they end up the best. How nice to be enjoying them fresh now, ours have been gone for a long time.

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  6. Kanak: I love cherry tomatoes.You must be getting lots of them.
    Catherine: This is the season in which we get the best vegetables here!

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  7. Some nice healthy looking tomatoes there.

    Cher
    Goldenray Yorkies

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