The scientific name for the tomato is Solanum lycopersicum. It is a nightshade and belongs to the same family as potatoes. While the tomato is technically a botanical fruit, it is considered a vegetable by U.S. customs and in culinary arts.Continue Reading
Tomatoes are native to the South American Andes and are a perennial plant there, although they are grown as annuals everywhere else in the world. They were first used as food in Mexico and spread quickly after the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
Tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey, the state vegetable and fruit of Arkansas and the state fruit of Ohio.Learn more about Vegetables
Green tomato relish, fried green tomatoes and green tomato pie are three good green tomato recipes. These recipes use a variety of cooking methods, including frying, baking and boiling.Full Answer >
To prepare a sweet green tomato relish, pulse 8 to 10 quartered green tomatoes and 2 to 4 quartered white onions in a food processor until they are finely chopped. Place the vegetables in a large saucepan.Full Answer >
To ripen green tomatoes, place the tomatoes two layers deep in a box and keep it covered. Wrapping each individual green tomato in newspaper or wax paper before putting them in the box also assists the ripening process.Full Answer >
The tomato is referred to as a "love apple" because its early scientific classification placed it in the category of a mandrake, which is considered an aphrodisiac with narcotic powers. This classification was a mistake, but the nickname has endured.Full Answer >