The tomato’s scientific name is Solanum lycopersicum, meaning “wolf peach”.
In Italian the tomato is called “pomo d’oro” (golden apple), in France the “pomme d’amour” (love apple) for its alleged aphrodisiac qualities and in Germany “Paradise Apfel” (heavenly apple).
Technically speaking, tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. Considering the confusion, the state of Arkansas actually officially declared it to be both a fruit and a vegetable.
It was once believed that tomatoes were poisonous, as they belong to the deadly nightshade family.
The largest tomato plant in the world is a tree growing inside Florida’s Walt Disney World – it produces 32,000 tomatoes a year.
Originally from Andalusia, it is one of the most common dishes found in Spanish cuisine: it’s a tomato soup best served cold, which is great during the summer.
It’s the most famous tomato-based sauce in the world. Although it is widely used in America, its origins are actually from the Far East; the term itself is derived from the Malay word “kecap”.
Several countries around the globe have sent tomato seeds to outer space in order to grow the vegetable in zero gravity.
Among the less conventional uses of the tomato juice is that which involves cinematography. On the set of crime films it is a perfect substitute for human blood.