Tomatoes one of our best foods

Apparently, the tomato first appeared in South America.
These first one had small yellow fruits, about the size of cherries, and were eaten by some of the native peoples.
They probably were domesticated in Mexico.
These wild varieties have a built-in resistance to many diseases, and their genes have been used in the development of many modern types.
The tomato is related to the poisonous nightshade, belladonna, and others, and it itself was thought to be poisonous for a very long time.
It was named the “wolf-apple” and the “death-apple,” and people wouldn’t have anything to do with it.
However, nowadays, the tomato is one of the most popular foods we have.
As you already know, it is canned in many ways—soup, paste, simply whole tomatoes, and so on, and in may combinations with other veggies.
It is, far and away, the most popular vegetable in home gardens.
Yield from tomatoes is really good, too. The plant in your garden can give you up to six pounds of fruit, or about 12 tons per acre, if cultivated properly.
The overall yield in the United States is second only to corn.
The tomato plant itself has a lot of things going for it. For instance, it sends down deep roots and can be grown in almost desert conditions. In some places, tomatoes only have to be watered about every two weeks or so.
And whenever tomato stems touch the ground, they develop more roots.
The plants easily will grow to more than six feet high. They produce flowers on clusters, which turn into tomatoes in clusters, too.
When tomatoes are left on the ground, they very often rot, or develop moulds, so some folks hold them up with stakes, trellises, or cages.
Tomatoes need anywhere from about 40-60 days to ripen. As it starts to ripen, the fruit changes from green to whitish, and then later turns to the bright red we all are familiar with.
It may be some other colour, though, say orange, yellow, white, and even purple or striped.
They may be big (the “beefsteak” ones) or tiny (the cherry ones), or pear-shaped, long and skinny, and so on.
Tomatoes are easy to grow. Most people who plant them in the home garden either buy plants from a greenhouse, or grow them in the cellar or on a window ledge.
They are planted out in the garden when the weather gets warm (i.e., nights not much below 60 degrees F).
These fruits are good for you, too. They contain a substantial amount of vitamins A, B, and C. A medium-sized tomato also will contain half-an-ounce of carbohydrates and an ounce of protein.
We used to get all of our tomatoes from the garden, or from the grower nearby. Nowadays, though, they are shipped from almost half the world—California, Florida, Mexico, and Chile.
However, those long distances mean they are picked when they are still quite green.
They don’t taste nearly as good as the ones out of your own garden. Just let them ripen right on the vine.
Are they ever good!

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