You may be surprised to know that there are over 1,000 different types of tomatoes... and a lot of them are lovingly named, reflecting their ripening season or aspect, as you'll see in a moment.
We'll also dispel some myths about these tasty, fleshy vegetables...
Are they really vegetables?
And are the sweet tomatoes the best?
Which tomato types are healthier than others? Should you prefer fresh tomatoes over the preserved ones?
Find out here about the different types of tomatoes, plus some surprising facts.
As you already know, the different types of tomatoes vary in shape, size and color: green, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, black, brown, white, and even bi-colored... green and red, red and yellow, or green and yellow:
These are all well-suited for the quick weight loss recipes for fresh tomatoes.
Depending on the ripening season, there are early tomatoes harvested during May and June, mid-season tomatoes harvested during July and early August, and late season tomatoes harvested during late August and September:
If you like tomatoes in general, you probably just love sweet tomatoes... Well, you are not alone. Red or yellow, these cherry-size tomatoes are summer’s delight, perfectly complementing almost any salad.
But if you want the very best tasting tomatoes, buy cluster tomatoes on the vine. Why? Because left on the vine, they continue to draw nutrients and moisture from the vine continuing to develop their special flavor for several days after being harvested.
Also, vine-ripened tomatoes contain more antioxidants - the health benefits of tomatoes are notorious and very diverse and they help you lose weight big time!
Here are some...
Did you know that many more women than men love the hearty, sensual tomatoes?
They are the third most popular vegetable, after potatoes and lettuce. But are they really vegetables?
Botanically, they are fruits. But they are grouped with the other vegetables due to an interesting fact... In 1893, the US Supreme Court ruled on whether tomatoes are fruits or vegetables.
For the purpose of charging a tax, the court classified tomatoes as vegetables - and this classification impacted the way they are marketed to this day!
Despite this, they are the fruits of a plant named Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which is a member of the Solanaceae, or Nightshade family.
Lycopersicon means "wolf peach" in Latin and refers to the earlier belief that, like wolfs, these fruits are dangerous... But don't be fooled by this myth! Only the plant's leaves contain some toxic alkaloids, but not its fruits.
The name this fruit was given in different languages reflects the mystery and rich history surrounding it. If you are like most tomato lovers, you're probably interested in the...
...which starts with the Aztecs, the native populations of South America. They were the first to use different types of tomatoes.
Then, after Columbus discovered the New World, the Spanish conquistadors took tomato seeds back to Europe. Shortly after this, Europeans started to experience the many health benefits of tomatoes and even thought them to be aphrodisiacs.
In fact, to this day French call them pommes d'amour (love apples).
By the 16th century, they grew exceptionally well in the warm soil surrounding the Mediterranean, and gradually made their way into Greek and Italian cuisines, making culinary history with gazpacho, pasta and pizza.
Eventually, in the late 19th century, tomatoes returned to the New World: Spanish colonists took them to the Caribbean islands, where their English name was first coined when British colonists have heard Spanish-owned slaves speak of tomate.
Tomatoes then journeyed to the Philippines with the Spaniards and from there, it was only a matter of time until they showed up in Indian curries and other popular Asian dishes.
This rich history of tomatoes shows how well-traveled they are, like no other vegetable or fruit!
But regardless of the types of tomatoes or their name, remember that they are a delightfully popular and versatile food that you can enjoy on any weight loss recipes for fresh tomatoes in soups, salads and yummy sauces that go perfectly with any grilled or roasted meats.
Or, out of season, to take advantage of all their amazing health benefits, try preserving tomatoes - it's super easy and fun!