Grafting tomato shoots onto tobacco roots in 2003, Rob Baur claimed to be the first to create tomacco, the addictive tomato tobacco hybrid conceived by the Simpsons in 1999. While the leaves had nicotine, the tomatoes did not. scientastica.com/0013toma…
It's not uncommon for tomato plants to sprout up around sweage treatment plants. The seeds can pass through the digestive tract and germinate in overflow areas. coastreporter.net/news/lo…
A Tomato plant in Disney's Epcot Center broke a world record in 2016 for producing over 32,000 tomatoes housebeautiful.com/lifest…
Tomato plants fertilized with human urine produce up to four times more fruit and had higher levels of beta-carotene & protein than traditional fertilizers. popsci.com/environment/ar…
Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
Tomato juice tastes better during air travel; increased noise has been shown to suppress sweetness, and heighten umami flavor from naturally occurring MSG in tomatoes. technology.org/2018/12/31…
Today I learned of Pomato, a grafted plant that is part tomato and part potato. The resulting plant have cherry tomatoes on the vine and white potatoes in the soil, resulting in plants with double crops. Grafting can also boost natural resilience and improve biodiversity by supporting different pollinators! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
A risk factor for a latex allergy is a history of allergies to avocado, banana, peach, chestnut, passionfruit, raw potato, kiwi, tomato, or papaya pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Tomatoes are botanically defined as fruits because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they're most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications healthline.com/nutrition/…
When Hebrew was revived as a spoken language, no Hebrew names were found for produce from the New World. A word was devised for tomato, calling it ΚΏagbaniyyah (Χ’Χ’Χ‘Χ Χ™Χ”) - derived from the shape of tomatoes, which resemble buttocks (ΚΏagaαΈ‡Δ«m), and which was once thought to enhance one's love-life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
The potato and tomato are both native to Peru. Though commonly associated with Eurasian culinary traditions, both plants were unknown to the eastern hemisphere until 500 years ago. andeanlodges.com/en/the-a…
Ketchup was first sold as medicine. In 1834 Dr. John Cooke Bennet invented the idea to add tomatoes to ketchup (a fish or mushroom mix at the time). He believed that adding tomatoes added the vitamins and antioxidants needed to cure indigestion, later prescribing tomato pills to patients. kelownacapnews.com/trendi…
Ketchup was not always the tomato sauce we have come to love. It originally meant 'brine of pickled fish' and contained ingredients such as egg whites, oysters, mushrooms and walnuts, among other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
A study found tobacco and tomato plants emit ultrasonic "squeals" when stressed. Microphones 4" away picked up the sounds when plants had stems cut/were under-watered: an average of 15 - 25 sounds within 1 hr from cutting, and 11 - 35 sounds per hr from drought. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A tomato is simultaneously considered a fruit and a vegetable according to Encyclopedia Brittanica. britannica.com/story/is-a…
Ketchup was invented by adapting a Chinese recipe called Cat Sup - a thick tomato sauce with special seasoning and starch. dw.com/en/pittsburgh-pa-w…
Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as Medicine. Ohio physician John Cooke Bennet claimed it as a cure for indigestion, diarrhea, etc., and had his pill salesman, Archibald Mills, make his sauce into extract of tomato pills. ripleys.com/weird-news/ke…
Butter chicken was developed in the 1950s by three Punjabi restaurateurs who made it "by chance" by mixing the leftover chicken in a tomato gravy, rich in butter and cream. The dish is India's most popular curry, not only domestically but also globally en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
The smallest US post office is in the middle of the Florida Everglades, the Ochopee Post Office - it was originally a 7x8' shed for a tomato farm! floridarambler.com/evergl…
Tomato sauce is not Italian at all but Mexican. The first tomato sauces were already being sold in the markets of Tenochtitlan when Spaniards arrived, and had many of the same ingredients (tomatoes, bell peppers, chilies) that would later define Italian tomato pasta sauces 200 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Ketchup started as a Chinese fish-based sauce, then it was picked up by the British and made into a mushroom-based sauce, and finally picked up by the Americans and made into a tomato-based sauce. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
John Lennon hated his own voice and loved to double-track his records. He would often ask the producer, George Martin: "Can't you smother it with tomato ketchup or something?" cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
U.S. Supreme Court case Nix v. Hedden argued whether a Tomato was a fruit, or a vegetable. In the end, it decided that the ordinary deficiency of it being a vegetable, outweighed the botanical definition of it being a fruit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
New Jersey made the tomato their state vegetable in 2005, justifying the decision with an 1893 ruling by the Supreme Court that although tomatoes are actually fruits, they would be legally considered vegetables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
The strawberry on the tomato pin cushion is filled with emery powder, an abrasive, to sharpen pins. dritz.com/product/tomato-…
The discovery of tomato plant on Surtsey in 1969 troubled scientists, since the volcanic island had only formed a few years earlier and thus had no life except the scientists who studied it. The mystery was solved when a scientist discovered traces of human feces near the plant: his own poo icelandreview.com/news/di…
Lots of people order Bloody Marys on aeroplanes but never drink them on the ground. This is because rich umami flavours - like those found in tomato juice - are one of the few tastes that aren't dulled by loud engine noise. edition.cnn.com/travel/ar…
The tomato, once nicknamed "poison apple," was feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years until pizzas were invented in Naples, Italy around 1880 and tomato sauce became a key ingredient. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Tomato ketchup was introduced to the United States in 1834 as a purported medicine and sold in pill form. thedailymeal.com/eat/ketc…
Movie 43 (2013) took 10 yrs to start production, has 14 directors, filled with A-lists like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman and 32 others resulting in a 5% rotten tomato and 6 golden raspberry nominations and 3 wins, including worst director, worst picture, worst screenplay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
Jell-O used to offer celery, tomato and β€œItalian Salad” flavors 11points.com/used-celery-…
When the La Tomatina was banned in 1957, poeple carried a coffin with a huge tomato in it as a sign of protest. The festival was permitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
Despite being synonymous with Italian cuisine, tomatoes were not incorporated into the Italian diet until the late 17th or early 18th century. The earliest mention of a tomato in Italy was in 1548, but the view was that they "were to be sought only for their beauty" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
Tomato sauce was sold in the 1800's as medicine. bestfoodfacts.org/questio…
Italian herbalist Pietro Andrae Matthioli declared the red tomato as a mandrake, a halogenic poisonous planet root long associated with sexual desires, hallucinations and temptation because the tomato was similar looking to nightshade, an actual poisonous fruit. foodandwine.com/lifestyle…
Today I learned about the Italian Unabomber, who placed tiny explosive devices inside everyday objects, including tomato sauce, a Nutella jar, and an egg, in public spaces in parts of Italy. Numerous people, including children, lost fingers and limbs. The bomber operated from 1994 to 2006 and remains unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
The little pepper or strawberry attached to a tomato pincushion has a purpose: it’s filled with emery and meant to sharpen your needles and pins. denisewild.com/blog/straw…
Today I learned about the β€œMagic 8”. Before 1491, corn, beans, squash, chili, tomato, potato, vanilla, and cacao weren’t found anywhere in the world outside of the Americas. travelandleisure.com/food…
Today I learned of the TomTato, a commercially available graft of potato and tomato, which will grow potatos below ground and tomatos above ground. bbc.com/news/uk-england-2…
The tomato is a berry. Its English name derives from the Aztec word for "fat or swelling fruit," and its Latin name literally means "wolf peach." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The original version of ketchup was not made with tomato, but "fermented pastes made from fish entrails, meat byproducts and soybeans." history.com/news/ketchup-…
Tomatoes were feared in Europe for more than 200 years. They thought aristocrats who ate them died by lead poisoning, were classified as deadly nightshades - a kind of food known as an aphrodisiac. Even the fearsome look of the green tomato worms made people believe they made tomatoes poisonous. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Cheeseburgers are called X-burguers in Brazil because the letter X in portuguese is pronounced like Cheese. There are also other types of burgers like the X-Tudo (X-Everything), which contains bread, meat, cheese, bacon, eggs, tomato, lettuce, ham, mayonnaise and sometimes even more ingredients. tudogostoso.com.br/receit…
Naporitan (Japanese: γƒŠγƒγƒͺタン) is a popular Japanese pasta dish. It was created by Shigetada Irie (ε…₯ζ±ŸθŒ‚εΏ ), the general chef of the New Grand Hotel (Hotel New Grand) in Yokohama, when he was inspired by one of the military rations of GHQ, which was spaghetti mixed with tomato ketchup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
In 1834, a doctor announced that tomatoes had medicinal properties. In 1837, someone promoted his "Compound Extract of Tomato" as a panacea. Then another person (a doctor) had his own version, and they derided each other's via editorials. Analysis revealed that neither product contained tomatoes atlasobscura.com/articles…
In the 1893 case Nix v. Hedden, the Supreme court determined that a tomato is legally a vegetable for tax purposes (Nix was trying to get out of paying a tariff on vegetables and not fruits) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
In 2010, Campbell's "25% less sodium" tomato soup had the same amount of sodium as their "regular" tomato soup, with both containing 480 mg. consumerist.com/2011/04/1…
A "pomato" is a tomato plant grafted onto a potato plant, and it grows tomatoes and potatoes at the same time. zmescience.com/science/do…
Potatoes can produce fruits with seeds in them! Their flowers resemble to that of the tomato family,and their fruits actually look like unriped tomatoes. Potatoes usually reproduce by vegetative propogation,but the cool weathers can favour sexual reproduction by producing flowers. canr.msu.edu/news/what_ar…
The tomato is Arkansas's state fruit AND state vegetable encyclopediaofarkansas.ne…

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