How many wonderful meals have tomato involved? In what ethnic cuisine is there no tomato involved? How many ways do we love the tomato?
In places like Spain they worship this unique fruit vegetable. Greeks had embraced the red beauty too, it’s been central on the plates of Rome
My early memory of the red fruit was in salads, sandwiches and on burgers. It never dawned on me that ketchup was that same vegetable, I was practically weaned on the soup of. When I began to consider this topic, I wonder if I ever went more than 3 days without tomato of some sort?
My grandfather and my father eat an entire vine-plucked fruit, sliced at dinner, every day because they both grow tomato-plants, whereas I have never grown anything that I could eat. Now I’m beginning my knowledge of tomato growing here, in this post I will plant some information.
Mexican food is my normal practice in my kitchen, since I eat avocados and often prepare burritos, tacos and guacamole, so salsa is always nearby, so the tomato really deserves some space in my study of food. However, it’s Italian cuisine who elevated the tomato to the next-level of happiness.
Another aspect that I’ve been told is that for many of us the nightshade variety of vegetable is less than ideal and can some of are intolerant to tomato without realizing, so the test is to eliminate and then reintroduce into the diet, again more information is needed (citation needed here)
Fruit versus vegetable
Botanically, a tomato is a fruit—a berry, consisting of the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant. However, the tomato is considered a “culinary vegetable” because it has a much lower sugar content than culinary fruits; it is typically served as part of a salad or main course of a meal, rather than as a dessert. Tomatoes are not the only food source with this ambiguity; bell peppers, cucumbers, green beans, eggplants, avocados, and squashes of all kinds (such as zucchini and pumpkins) are all botanically fruit, yet cooked as vegetables. This has led to legal dispute in the United States. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws that imposed a duty on vegetables, but not on fruit, caused the tomato’s status to become a matter of legal importance. The U.S. Supreme Court settled this controversy on May 10, 1893, by declaring that the tomato is a vegetable, based on the popular definition that classifies vegetables by use—they are generally served with dinner and not dessert (Nix v. Hedden (149 U.S. 304)). The holding of this case applies only to the interpretation of the Tariff of 1883, and the court did not purport to reclassify the tomato for botanical or other purposes.