With La tomanina festival getting over yesterday, there have been many controversies in the surroundings about the same. But have you ever wondered or queried on the existence or invention of Tomato and La Tomatina? Today we have made the efforts to acknowledge you on the various unknown and fun facts including the answer to the question“Is Tomato a fruit or a vegetable?”This article shall surely clear up this doubt! The history of tomato has this twist where it states “It emerged from no-where; its seeds were swon at space and landed at Europe”! Who brought it to Europe, no one knows but it was brought so that they can produce more of them as it grew easily in Mediterranean climates, and cultivation began in the 1540s. The tomato is not indigenous to Europe, though the Europeans certainly have found innumerable delicious ways to serve it.
Having brought to Europe in the 16th century we shall be acquainted with the history of the tomato in Spain has a convoluted history. It’s hard to trace its existence and evolution. Then we might question on celebration of La Tomatina Festival and how it came into being the largest and most popular festival played with tomatoes!
This year on 26th August 2015, whenGoogle dedicated its doodle to the 70th Anniversary of the Spanish festival- La Tomatina, it has forced many minds to think and know more about this festival which has been witnessed in the movie ‘Zindagi Na MilegiDubara’. Not only that, having researched upon the popularity of La Tomatina in common people across the globe, we came across the bucket lists of hundreds of people who wished to attend this fest before they die
Now it seems I too must include it into my bucket list as it got just more interesting by knowing the following unknown and interesting facts about Tomatoes!
1) The scientific name for tomato is Lycopersicon.
2) Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene which is important for the health of the prostate gland in men.
3) There is no mention of tomatoes in either the bible or in the complete works of Shakespeare.
4) People used to be afraid to eat tomatoes, thinking them poisonous due to their relation to the belladonna or (deadly nightshade) plant.
5) There are over 10,000 varieties of tomato, these come in a variety of colours including pink, purple, black, yellow and white.
So the next time you plan to visit Spain, be sure to make it up in August end and don’t miss to enjoy the festival of La Tomatina and swim into the 40 metric tonnes of tomatoes and fight out the world’s biggest food fight!!