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English Tomatoes on the Road

English Tomatoes on the Road
June 09
04:18 2021

Tomato Tidbits

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Two tractor trailer trucks crashed in England last week leaving a 23-mile stretch of highway looking like a scene from a horror movie, according to police.

One truck was loaded with olive oil and fresh tomatoes. The collision left the road covered in a red liquid mess.

But rather than blood, police found the fluid to be squashed tomato puree.

One driver was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries, according to various sauces.

Its unclear what led to the crash, though it is possible that one driver was behind on his schedule and was looking to ‘ketchup’.

Officials said the highway had to undergo emergency resurfacing to make it passable again.

The tomato originated in South and Central America, The Aztecs used it in their cooking when the first met the Spaniards. The berry – yes, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable – was called tomatl by the Aztecs, which the Spanish changed to tomate. It became tomato in English.

By the way, the tomato isn’t the only fruit that often gets thought of as a vegetable. Other plants with a similar problem include bell peppers, avocadoes, squashes, eggplants and green beans.

The debate about whether the tomato is a fruit or vegetable has a long history. Even the U.S. Supreme Court chimed in during a case over a 19th Century tariff law. The court found a tomato to be a vegetable.

In New Jersey, tomatoes are the state vegetable. In Ohio they are the state fruit. And tomato juice is Ohio’s state drink. However Arkansas dodged the whole tomato tizzy by naming it both the state fruit and state vegetable.

Many early settlers in North America believed the tomato to be poisonous. The disprove that theory, Thomas Jefferson once ate one in public.

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