Toe-may-toe or Toe-mah-toe?
Who cares? Fruit or vegetable? That is the real question.
Tomatoes are in fact a fruit because they form from a flower and contain seeds. Still, they’re most often utilized like a vegetable in cooking. In fact, the US Supreme Court ruled in 1893 that the tomato should be classified as a vegetable on the basis of its culinary applications. So, if you are talking to a chef, they are a vegetable.
«A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.»
The wild species originated in western South America, mainly in Peru and Ecuador. The name is derived from the Náhuatl (Aztec) word tomatl. The Spanish introduced the tomato to Europe in the early 16th century, and the Spanish and Italians seem to have been the first Europeans to adopt it as a food.
Tomatoes were later brought to North America from Europe. Thomas Jefferson is known to have raised them at Monticello in 1781. The tomato was used for food in Louisiana as early as 1812, but not in the northeastern states until about 1835.
Including tomatoes in the diet can help protect against cancer, maintain healthy blood pressure, and reduce blood glucose in people with diabetes. However, know that tomatoes are in the top ten fruits and vegetables for containing levels of pesticide residue. Make sure to wash tomatoes before eating.
Best local and at room temperature.
The sooner you eat a ripe tomato after it's been picked, the better it will taste so it is better to buy them locally farmed. Also, storing tomatoes in the refrigerator will reduce their flavor. Therefore, for maximum taste, keep them stored at room temperature.
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Located in a small village, Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, along the St-Lawrence river in Québec, Canada, La Tomaterie creates, cooks and offers authentic products all done with tomatoes! From the tomato sauce, to the jam or delicious ready-to-eat quiches, tarts, puff pastries and desserts, they have been spreading the local tomato heritage since 2002.
Owner and Chef Guylaine Roy transformed an ancestral General Store house into a typical, yet very cozy Venue. «Our passion is to cook the authentic “Saint-Pierre tomato taste” for our people and our visitors.» They even had Sir Paul McCartney taste their famous “Pesto-Tomato Squash puff pastry” while on Tour in Québec City!
La Tomaterie de Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, a 100% local business that offers you a wide range of tomato-based products cooked with love and tradition in a small intimate and genuine setting. Definitely worth a visit! Visit latomaterie.com website here