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tomato,

plant (Lycopersicon esculentum) of the family Solanaceae (nightshadenightshade,
common name for the Solanaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and a few trees of warm regions, chiefly tropical America. Many are climbing or creeping types, and rank-smelling foliage is typical of many species.
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 family), related to the potato and eggplant. Although cultivated in Mexico and Peru for centuries before the European conquest, the tomato is one of the newest plants to be used on a large scale for human food. When the Spanish explorers brought back seed from South America, the plant was grown merely for ornament; it was known as the love apple. Though the fruit was described as a salad ingredient before 1600, it was commonly regarded as poisonous, and only within the last century has it become recognized as a valuable food. Indeed, all parts of the plant but the fruit are toxic. It was reintroduced to the United States as a food plant c.1800 and now ranks third among our vegetable crops. It is very popular as a salad vegetable, yet three quarters of the crop is processed into juice, canned tomatoes, soups, catsup, and tomato pastes. It is the most widely used canned vegetable. Numerous varieties (ranging from the small cherry tomato to the large beefsteak) are cultivated in practically all parts of the United States except the warmest regions. One of the worst tomato pests is the cutwormcutworm,
name for the larvae of many moths of the family Noctuidae (owlet moths). These larvae, or caterpillars, feed at night on the stems and roots of young plants, often cutting them off near the surface of the ground. They hide in soil by day.
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. Tomato-seed oil (from waste seed of canning processes) is sometimes extracted, chiefly in Italy. An antibiotic, tomatine, is also extracted from the seed. Technically the tomato is a fruit, although it is commonly considered a vegetable because of its uses. The tomato is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Solanales, family Solanaceae.
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Be aware they are in the nightshade family. Do not eat tomato flowers or leaves. High in potassium, major source of LYCOPENE (very good for prostate), fiber, A, C, good liver and blood tonic (purifying effect). Raw they are good for us, but if they are heated, cooked or stewed (like spaghetti sauce or ketchup), they become very corrosive to the body and can even lead to colon /bowel ulcers.

tomato

[tə′mād·ō]
(botany)
A plant of the genus Lycopersicon, especially L. esculentum, in the family Solanaceae cultivated for its fleshy edible fruit, which is red, pink, orange, yellow, white, or green, with fleshy placentas containing many small, oval seeds with short hairs and covered with a gelatinous matrix.

tomato

1. a solanaceous plant, Lycopersicon (or Lycopersicum) esculentum, of South America, widely cultivated for its red fleshy many-seeded edible fruits
2. the fruit of this plant, which has slightly acid-tasting flesh and is eaten in salads, as a vegetable, etc.

Tomato

A Linux-based operating system for wireless routers that employ a Broadcom chipset. Derived from the HyperWRT operating system, Tomato offers a firmware upgrade for users who want a usage monitor, more advanced QoS settings and other features not available in the standard router. For more information, visit www.polarcloud.com/tomato. See HyperWRT, OpenWRT and DD-WRT.
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Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) is one of the most popular fruits over the world because of its unique visual appeal, taste, and nutritional value as it contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and lycopene [1].
"I earn Rs 3 to Rs 5 profit per kg in the sale of onion and tomato regardless of the prices in the wholesale market.
However, today I am delighted to see that tomatoes are growing commercially once again in this country and we can reclaim this part of our heritage.
It has been reported that in the wake of soaring tomato prices, cases of theft in the vegetable market of Indore have cropped up and has created tension amongst the sellers.
The tomato was named after him: 'Radiator Charlie's Tomato.' The red and pink tomato bears fruit in about 80 days, has very few seeds and is disease resistant.
Now a tomato that would otherwise be bursting with flavor when picked, after seven straight days of cold temperature will have no volatile production.
Offering a multitude of benefits, from energy and resource efficiencies to climate control to year-round growing consistency, greenhouse-grown tomatoes are redefining tomato cultivation.
Bai and his colleagues divided 60 standard tomatoes into 3 groups: one group was refrigerated at 41 [degrees]F for 4 days; another group was kept at room temperature (68 [degrees]F) for 4 days and then dipped in 122 [degrees]F water for 5 minutes to simulate blanching; and a control group was kept at 68 [degrees]F for 4 days.
Tomato based products largely contain many essential nutrients and vitamins specially vitamin C, fibers, minerals and some other phytonutrients.
The agreement also calls for inspections of 92 percent of Mexican tomato trucks at the border.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Purdue University researchers are developing a tomato that contains more than twice as much lycopene and has a longer shelf life than currently available tomatoes.