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Vegetables in Action – Tomatoes

Vegetables in Action - Tomatoes

More than 7,500 varieties of tomatoes are grown worldwide. China, the United States and India are the largest producers . Tomatoes are also the most popular produce grown by home gardeners. Every state in the United States grows fresh-market tomatoes .

But, are tomatoes fruit or vegetables? Although it’s botanically a fruit, an 1893 United States Supreme Court ruling concerning whether a tomato may be classified as a vegetable put an end to a years-long dispute between four tomato importers and the Port of New York.

Tomatoes are a good source of potassium and vitamins A, C and K, and contain 25 calories per one medium tomato of 148 g. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Americans eat about 88 pounds of tomatoes every year, which is a good thing because tomatoes can be part of a balanced meal. The USDA recommends adults eat at least 2 cups of vegetables daily. For more information about the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.

[1] Source: University of Missouri Extension. Growing Home Garden Tomatoes. http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6461