Tons of Tomatoes
From salads to sauce, we just LOVE tomatoes and now is the time to plant! The tomato is America’s favorite edible, and a great gateway into gardening for kids or newbies. Here are some fun facts & notable numbers regarding this delicious (& versatile!) vegetable!
- The largest tomato on record weighed 7.7 pounds. It was grown in Oklahoma in 1986.
- There are about 35 calories in an average tomato.
- Is a tomato a vegetable or a fruit? Scientifically, a fruit is “the ripened ovary of a plant and its contents,” which does include tomatoes, but in 1887, the U.S. Supreme Court case Nix v. Hedden decided it was legally a vegetable because of the overwhelmingly common consumer belief that it is a vegetable.
- The average U.S. person consumes 88 pounds of tomatoes each year.
- About 40,000 festival-goers throw 150,000 tomatoes during the “La Tomatina” festival each year in Buñol, Spain.
- There are more than 7,500 varieties of tomatoes grown around the world.
- The speed limit of Heinz Tomato Ketchup is 0.028mph… if it pours any faster than that in the Heinz Tomato Ketchup factory, it’s considered too runny and rejected!
- We grow over 35 different varieties of tomatoes at Van Putte Gardens, from tiny Sweet 100s to the large sandwich-sized Beefsteak. Now that the threat of frost is past it’s safe to plant vegetables outside, so get planting & we’ll all look forward to harvest in July!