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All about tomatoes

Sorry for the long break from posts, dear readers; there was vacation, and then catching up from vacation. Let’s dip back in with a post on tomatoes.

I learned something from reading this article: the age-old argument as to whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable has been adjudicated by no less than the Supreme Court of the United States: In the nineteenth century case Nix vs Hedden, the Court held that a tomatoes were vegetables because they were served with the main course and not dessert.

Further down, UC Davis extension specialist Tim Hartz shakes his head over the criticism of store-bought tomatoes.

“What you can buy at the supermarket, now is probably superior to the choices that you had 15 to 20 years ago,” he says.

UC Davis is also home to the Charles M. Rick Tomato Genetics Research Center and the Tomato Anatomy Atlas, as well as much other tomato-related information.

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