You say potayto, I say potahto. You say tomayto, I say tomahto? Wait… Who says tomahto?

Actually, let’s take a moment to settle that debate right now. According to, the correct pronunciation is tuh-mey-toh, and apparently, we LOVE them. According to the FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS, over 140 million tons of them were grown last year and processed into things that we consume every day. Tomatoes are everywhere, but how much do you really know about them? That is why today, we will be squeezing out some information on the wonderful tomato. In order to accomplish this, first we will plant the seed of the tomatoes interesting origin. Second, we will “pick” a side on the great tomato debate, and finally we will slice and serve the sweet future of this culinary delight. Let’s begin by biting into the tomatoes delicious past. According to, tomatoes are a member of the deadly nightshade family, and were erroneously thought to be poisonous (although the leaves are poisonous, good to know if you are about to eat an entire plant.) The tomato is native to western South America and Central America. According to the article “The Tomato in America,” the Aztecs and other peoples in the region used the fruit in their cooking. It is thought that the Pueblo people believed that those who witnessed the ingestion of tomato seeds were blessed with powers of divination. In 1519, Cortez discovered tomatoes growing in Montezuma's gardens and brought seeds back to Spain, so after slaughtering thousands of people and destroying an entire civilization, at least he brought the tomato to Europe. The origins of the tomato are fascinating, but let’s take a look at the stain on the tomato’s good name, the GREAT TOMATO DEBATE. Is the tomato a fruit, or a vegetable? I know, this is a silly question that little kids usually

according to Findcase. This is also the first mutant hybrid that has had this kind of dramatic effect. let’s chew on some interesting future implications of the tomato. because usually when you have large yield. Hedden. This means that the plants are producing more sugar. when your mother used to tell you to eat your fruits and vegetables. This is wonderful. the tomato can count as both at once. we will address the facts. a “Fountain of Youth” if you will. housed with the seeds. It just goes to show you that our government is really dumb. With that debate cleared up. even after taking into account the definition and scientific argument for the tomato being a fruit. According to Webster’s dictionary and the Imperial dictionary. This case went all the way to the Supreme Court we are seeing great results. the Supreme Court decided that it was to be legally treated and taxed as a vegetable.ask. First. Recently. this debate is not so clear-cut and it became a very big deal. Hmmm… mutants…. This causes grocery stores to classify them as vegetables in their inventories. but in a SUPREME COURT CASE called Nix v. The tomato seems to be a proving ground for new and advanced gene research. This would mean that scientifically. so they are usually cooked as a vegetable. fruits have seeds and they have their ovaries on the inside. the US news and world report published an article about how with genetic modifications. tomatoes are a fruit. I hope this doesn’t become the plot line of the new Oscar winning remake of “ATTACK OF THE GIANT TOMATO!” The New York Times . American and Israeli researchers have isolated a gene that causes tomatoes to produce large yields with surprisingly sweet tastes. the taste isn’t very sweet. a website that helps lawyers cite legal precedents. So apparently. especially when you realize that this legal precedent is still cited today. This is because there is only so much sugar produced by the plant during the stages of its youth. but they aren’t very sweet.

but hopefully you were able to chew on some fun and interesting tomato facts. You say tomato. :) . Who would have thought that the tomato could be the cure? Now that we have squished out the tomatoes future. let’s review what we have learned First.also reported that we are breeding a more resistant tomato. which means that THEY WILL NEVER DIE! Maybe the attack isn’t very far off. you realize that they are more than just a part of a silly song by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. considering the number of people that fight cancer every day. over 12. This impedes the growth of tumors by years. let’s call the whole thing done. we sliced through the modern debate about our fruity friend. causes it to mutate. According to the National Cancer Institute. we pealed back the skin on the origins of the tomato. I say tomato.000 people died of brain cancer last year. Informatives can be quite boring. Scientists at Lund University have isolated a gene. the most important part of the future of tomatoes is that they may provide a new treatment for cancer. This makes it susceptible to a drug originally developed to fight HIV (called AZT). The future implications of this are fantastic. which when extracted and inserted into the cancer. when you think of tomatoes. However. Second. but the tomato is proving to be a vital tool in inhibiting the growth of tumors. And finally we served up the future implications that tomato research may have. Now. which effectively causes the cancer cells to commit suicide.

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