☘ Origin: South America
☘ Family: Solanaceae, Nightshade
☘ Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicums
☘ Common Name(s): Bite Size · Chocolate Cherry · Black Russian
Solanum Tomato symbolize Truth, Silence, good luck, fertility, passion, a calm and gentle woman.
Tomato: Tomato comes from the Spanish word “tomate” which means “turgid fruit”. This word is included in part of a popular saying regarding its difference in pronunciation between American English and British English.
Tomato is a berry! Berries are symbolic of love, purity and sweetness of life. They're red, which makes them passionate and are symbols of love because they are shaped like little hearts. They need at least six hours of sunlight a day so make sure they get put in a well lit area, like kitchen. And don't forget to give them lots of maintenance and love!
Ever wonder why we consider a Tomato a vegetable even though it is a fruit? You can lay part of the blame on the U.S. Supreme Court and maybe some on government greed. In 1887, U.S. tariff laws imposed a 10 percent duty on vegetables, but none on fruit. A Tomato importer named John Nix sued the tax collector for the port of New York, Edward L. Hedden, arguing that tomatoes, since they were “really” fruits, should be exempt from the tax.
The botanical claim was not in dispute; Tomatoes, as the seed-bearing ripened ovary of a flower, are fruits. Yet in a triumph of ordinary language over scholarly, the highest court of the land ruled in 1893 that the Tomato was a vegetable and therefore subject to the tariff. In his decision, Justice Gray wrote: “Botanically speaking, Tomatoes are fruits of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas. But in the common language of the people, all these are vegetables which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, usually served at dinner in, with or after the soup, fish or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert.”
☘ Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
☘ Tomato has numerous medicinal uses for variety health conditions.