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Is a Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable?

22 Dec

The debate as to whether the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable is centuries old. Technically the tomato is a fruit, but in the culinary world it is used as a vegetable. Why is the Tomato a Fruit? The botanical definition of a fruit is the ripened ovary, including the seeds, of a plant […]

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Worth the Hype?

2 Aug

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes were the norm prior to the 20th century. For centuries most families in our current first world countries grew their own vegetables and fruit, collecting seed and replanting it season after season. This meant that the tomatoes grown in different areas, and on individual plots, were often distinctly different, as the seed was […]

Well Established, New and Heirloom Tomato Varieties

11 Aug

Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes have been around for centuries even though they have really only been a popular foodstuff since the late 19th century. And it is only really since the mid 1950s that growers have concentrated on new strains that grow in every conceivable climate. Of course the introduction of new – perfect – strains has not […]

Growing Tomatoes – Harvesting History And Health

22 Feb

Tomato History

Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, salsa, and soup-none would be the same without tomatoes. It is hard to imagine a life devoid of this delectable fruit. Fruit? Tomatoes are the reproductive part of the tomato plant, so botanically speaking they are fruits. However, for horticultural and culinary purposes, tomatoes are vegetables because they are most often used […]