the first tomato of the season!
from the Spanish word "tomate"
Latin botanical name, Lycopersicon esculentum "wolfpeach"
Regardless if you believe that the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable, it is the #1 garden crop in the US. Native to Central and South America (grown as a perennial) the tomato is part of the nightshade family. At one time the tomato was considered poisonous and grown for ornamental purposes only. However, by the mid-eighteenth century, tomatoes where being consumed in the US. China is the largest producer of tomatoes.