Happy Cinco de Mayo! Since many people are planting gardens and tomatoes are both a garden staple for many people and a main ingredient in salsa, we thought we’d share some interesting facts about them. So, here we go!

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Tomatoes Aren’t Necessarily Red

They come in lots of colors, including yellow, purple, black, pink and there are even some white tomatoes.

That’s an Interesting Way to Make Salsa!

Just kidding. But Buñol, Spain, plays home to the world’s largest tomato fight. It’s a festival properly named La Tomatina and it involves 150,000 tomatoes and 40,000 people.

Some States Really Love Tomatoes

NJ has them as their oficial vegetable. In Ohio, they have tomato jiuse as their state beverage.

They’re Good for You

Unless of course, you’re allergic, which some people are, they are good for you. They’re packed with lycopene, which is good for your heart and helps with protecting against some cancers. They also are full of Vitamin, Vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

Tomatoes Italian? ‘Perush’ the Thought!

Although they are used in lots of Italian food, tomatoes originated in Peru, in the South American Andes. The Aztecs of Southern Mexico first used them as food.

Some of Them are Out of this World

Tomato seedlings were grown in space.

A Huge Family

There’s approximately 10,000 tomato varieties across the globe.

That’s a Hard Record to Ketchup To!

According to Guinness, the world’s heaviest tomato was grown in the great state of Oklahoma and weighed 7 lbs, 12 oz.

Slow Down There It’s Not a Race

Heinz Ketchup actually has a speed limit. When it’s poured, if it comes out at over 0.028 mph, it’s rejected for being too runny.

Tomatoes & Apples?

Europe’s first tomatoes might have originally yellow. They were known as ‘pomo d’oro’. This means golden apple.

Now, I hope you enjoyed these fun tomato facts. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here’s a link to some salsa recipes to put your delicious tomatoes in!

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