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You Say Tomato

The tomato has really developed a name for itself. Nutritionists hail it as a disease fighter. Hollywood made a movie about the fried green variety. Chefs tout them as a versatile ingredient that doesn't lose its flavor when cooked. It has been called the "Love Apple" and the "Apple of Paradise." In the 18th century, it was rumored that tomatoes were poisonous.

What can we do with all the big, juicy "love apples" appearing in backyard gardens, grocery stores and farmer's markets? There are countless possibilities. Let the Web be your bridge to tomato mania.

Seedy Background

Before you start whipping up tasty dishes, wouldn't it be nice to know the full history and myths surrounding the "Apple of Paradise?" The Internet Shrine to the Tomato provides an interesting retrospective and lets you vote for your favorite tomato variety. The site insists that the tomato is a fruit, despite a 1893 U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled that the round, red icon was indeed a vegetable.

Several tomato-growing states have councils, committees and Web pages dedicated to their tomatoes. California Tomato Tips and New Jersey Tomato Council offer growing tips, educational information, nutritional facts and pretty much every thing you've ever wanted to know about tomatoes but were afraid to ask.




Tomatoes on the Table

Looking for something to do with all those tomatoes?

Year-Round Appeal

More tomatoes than you can handle? Start saving for winter. Canned or frozen tomatoes will add a burst of flavor to your dishes for months to come. Consult the Tomato Freezing Project for freezing tips.




 
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