Home-grown tomatoes so much better tasting than ones we buy.  Did you know:

Tomatoes became a “vegetable” after 1890, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled them as a vegetable for taxation purposes.

Technically, a tomato is a fruit because the edible part of a plant which contains seeds is a fruit.  Fruit typically grows above ground.   A vegetable is the stem, leaf, and root, typically growing below the ground.

We all know home-grown tomatoes so much better tasting than ones we buy.  Why, you ask?   If you don’t grow tomatoes yet, the answers below will make you want to start:Tomatoes produced by traditional methods and harvested and transported are still green and immature. Tomatoes are made red before the store sells by treating them with ethylene gas. (mmm, yummy). If you pick your tomatoes early, the natural flavors are not mature yet, therefore, not as tasty.

So there you have it.  Now you know why home-grown is heads above the rest.  Now you understand why growing tomatoes is a US past-time.

Below are “tomato terms” that are helpful to get familiar with as growing tomatoes becomes your next favorite thing to do:

Determinate Plants: These plants look more like a bush, and are bred to be compact. They mature early. Fruit usually ripens about the same time. they are great for sauce or salsa because they are ready to pick all at once.

Indeterminate Plants: These plants continue to blossom and grow more fruit throughout the season. Fruit does not ripen at the same time. Continuous harvest through the summer as long as the plant is healthy.   Perfect for eating a few at a time over the summer months

Hardening: After starting seeds indoors, hardening, or placing your plants outside for a few hours at a time over several days, is recommended to get your plants used to the new temperatures outdoors before actually planting outside.

Blossom End-Rot :When the bottom of tomato appears to have a spot that is brown and rotten, it is called blossom end-rot, and is caused by a lack of calcium.  This can be remedied by adding lime or crushed egg shells to the soil.

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