CHERRY TOMATOES - 5 FUN FACTS:
1. Tomatoes are divided into nine different categories based on their size and shape: beefsteak tomatoes, Campari tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, globe tomatoes, grape tomatoes, oxheart tomatoes, pear tomatoes, plum tomatoes, and tomberries.
2. Cherry tomatoes are descendants of the wild tomato, which traces back millions of years to coastal South America. In fact, cherry tomatoes are the predecessors of large tomato cultivars, which are actually a mutation of the smaller cherry tomato.
3. One-half cup of cherry tomatoes is a good source of vitamins C & A, a source of vitamin K & potassium, and is rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant. The human body cannot produce lycopene so it can only be obtained by eating lycopene-rich foods
4. Cherry tomatoes come in a wide variety of colors, including red, orange, yellow, white, purple, and green.
5. The most cherry tomatoes grown on a single plant is 1,355. The record was set by Surjit Singh Kainth at his home in Coventry, West Midlands, UK, on September 11, 2013.