Tomato Origin Essay

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Adam Adam 9/25/2010 Writing 231 Tomato Origin The tomato is typically red, edible fruit, and a vegetable. Tomato is rich with nutrients, including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, folic acid and more. It adds more nutrients to the diet than any other fruit or vegetable. The Tomato has origins that can be traced back to the Aztecs as early as 700 A.D; and it is generally assumed that it is native to the Americas. The Aztec people were a certain ethnic group from central Mexico, and spoke the Nahuatl language. The name tomato came from the word “tomatl” in the Nahuatl language of Aztec people, which meant the “swollen fruit”. The tomato is thought to have spread across the world by way of Colonizers, mainly the Spanish conquest. One…show more content…
In Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893), Justice Gray wrote, "Botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruits of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas. But in the common language of the people...all these are vegetables, which are grown in kitchen gardens, and which, whether eaten cooked or raw, are, like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, beets, cauliflower, cabbage, celery and lettuce, usually served at dinner in, with or after the soup, fish or meats which constitute the principal part of the repast, and not, like fruits generally, as dessert. “This case set the stage for tomato to be taxed accordingly. The tomato has come a long way from the days where it was known only by a small group of indigenous people. It passed many stages from being called poisonous and wicked to giving birth one of the world’s favorite dishes, Pizza. One thing that is certain is today the tomato is one of the healthiest items you can eat, whether you eat it like a fruit or cook it like a vegetable. Works Cited Cox, Sam. I Say Tomayto, You Say Tomahto... . December 2000. 25 septermber 2010 <>. Hadingham, Evan. January 2001. 25 September 2010 <>. Nix v Hedden. No. 149 U.S 304. The Supreme Court. 1893. Roche, Leigh. Suite101. 20
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