Some things you might not know about tomatoes:

  • There are around 7500 varieties of tomato grown
  • They contain lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.
  • Technically a tomato fruit is classified as a berry
  • The leaves of tomato plants are poisonous
  • The heaviest tomato ever grown was one of 3.51 kg

Botanical Information

Family: Solanaceae

Scientific Name: Solanum lycopersicum L. (described here)

Etymology: Solanum (nightshade) lyco (wolf) persicum (peach)

Uses: Cooking, raw and cooked.

History: The tomato originated in the highlands of South America and was brought to europe by Spanish explorers in the late 15th or early 16th century.



Some things you might not know about figs:

  • There are about 800 species of figs.
  • The ‘fruit’ that we eat is not a fruit, but actually a collection of flowers called an inflorescence.
  • These flowers grow on the inside of the ‘fruit’.
  • Each species of fig is usually pollinated by its own species of wasp in a symbiotic relationship.
  • It is thought that figs could be the oldest cultivated crop (preceding wheat and rye by up to 1000 years).
  • Figs have a higher quantity of fibre than any other dried or fresh fruit.

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Some things you might not know about capers:

  • native to the Mediterranean basin
  • are the pickled or salted flower buds of the plant Capparis spinosa L.
  • caperberries are semi-mature fruit that have been pickled
  • the strong flavour is largely due to the presence of mustard oil.
  • capers have been known for thousands of years and were mentioned in the writings of Pliny the Elder.

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