Rainy days and Sundays always get me down when I can not garden!

Monday, June 25, 2012


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.

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