Fresh Tomato

Sprawling or sub-erect short-lived herb, widely cultivated for its edible fruit. It is known as an occasional escape from cultivation. All parts of the plant covered in long viscid hairs. Leaves pinnatisect, divided to the midrib. Flowers in lateral raceme-like heads on long peduncles, yellow. Fruit – the well-known tomato – bright red when ripe.

Description

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), flowering plant of the nightshade family (Solanaceae), cultivatedextensively for its edible fruits. Labelled as a vegetable for nutritional purposes, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and the phytochemical lycopene. The fruits are commonly eaten raw in salads, served as a cooked vegetable, used as an ingredient of various prepared dishes, and pickled. Additionally, a large percentage of the world’s tomato crop is used for processing; products include canned tomatoes, tomato juice, ketchup, puree, paste, and “sun-dried” tomatoes or dehydrated pulp.

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