Interesting Tomato Facts Info graphic
Here is our infographic on tomatoes from the level of taste from different types of tomato to a few curious tid bits about the tomatoes history.
While our tomato infographic may be self explanatory, here is a text version as well. Visit our tomato shop for seeds, plant food and tomato planters.
A tomato’s sweetness is measured by the brix scale but certain tomatoes tastes can be measured by the colour of their skin. Lighter tomatoes tend to be sweeter with darker varieties tasting a little more tart.
Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family of plants and were thought to be poisonous for centuries due to their being related to the belladonna plant. Belladonna is one of the most poisonous plants in the world – Consuming 2-5 berries is fatal for humans. The tomato was only proven to be edible on the 28th of June 1820 by Mr. Robert Johnson who ate an entire basket of them. Be warned though, the vines and leaves are toxic.
Tomatoes thrive in full sun and when taken care of will provide a bountiful harvest of delicious fruit. We recommend using a tomato feed with a high potash content and placing tomato plants in as much sun as possible either under cover in a garden or in a hanging basket.
Sizes And Weight
Red Currant is classified as the smallest tomato in the world while the largest recorded was of the Delicious variety. It was grown in Oklahoma in 1986, weighed 3.51Kg, and was used to make 21 tomato sandwiches. You wouldn’t want one of those thrown at you during the ‘La Tomita’ festival, the World’s largest annual tomato food fight in Buenol, Spain.
Tomato use has been recorded as early as 500 BC amongst the Aztec civilisation who gave the fruit the name tomatl. The English name tomato derived from this and first appeared in print in the year 1595. It’s Latin botanical name is Lycopersicon Esculentum which translates as wolf peach.
Are Tomatoes Fruit Or Vegetables?
The question, Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable has been causing serious debate between vegetable gardeners and pretty much everyone else for decades. Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit, classified as a berry due to it’s edible seeds and pulpiness. The confusion arose after the 1890s when the US supreme court named them a vegetable for taxation purposes and due to their culinary uses. A fruit is the edible part of the plant containing seeds, a vegetable is stem, leaf or root.