Did You Know?
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a flowering plant in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) that is widely cultivated for its edible fruits. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and the phytochemical lycopene, and are classified as a vegetable for nutritional purposes.
Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene available to us naturally. Lycopene is a very powerful antioxidant that is important for the health of the prostate gland in men. It’s also what gives red and pink fruits their color. Tomatoes, watermelons, and papayas. are all coloured with lycopene. There are also some reports that suggest lycopene can reduce and protect against certain types of cancer.The English word for tomato comes from the Spanish word tomate, which itself came from the Nahuatl, the ancient Aztec language, word tomatl. The Aztec name translated to “Plump thing with a navel.” Tomatoes also have potassium, vitamins B and E, and other nutrients that improve heart health, cancer prevention, and protection against sunburns. There are around 10,000 varieties of tomatoes worldwide! The Guinness World Record for “most tomatoes harvested from a single plant over one year” was 32,194 tomatoes harvested between May 2005 and April 2006, and the plant weighed 522.464 kg (1151.84 lbs)