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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!

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