The Tomato

is it a fruit or vegetable? Scientists argue that tomatoes are indeed vegetables, while culinary experts argue the opposite. "The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a fruit from the nightshade family native to South America. Despite botanically being a fruit, it’s generally eaten and prepared like a vegetable. 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. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Usually red when mature, tomatoes can also come in a variety of colors, including yellow, orange, green, and purple. What’s more, many subspecies of tomatoes exist with different shapes and flavor..."(Adda Bjarnadottir)

aesthetic tomato
18 calories
0.9 grams carbs
2.6 grams protein