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Tomato Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

Trivia quiz with answers about the tomato.


Tomato Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is a tomato?
A: The tomato is the edible, often red fruit/berry of the nightshade Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as a tomato plant.

 Where did the species originate?
A: In the South American Andes.

Where did its use as a food originate?
A: In Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in what?
A: Greenhouses in cooler climates.

While the tomato is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for what purposes?
A: Culinary purposes.

The fruit is rich in "what", which may have beneficial health effects?
A: Lycopene.

The tomato belongs to what family?
A: The nightshade family, Solanaceae.


How tall do the plants typically grow?
A:  3–10 ft in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants.

How much does an average common tomato weigh?
A: Approximately 100 grams (4 oz).

Where does the word tomato come from?
A: The Spanish tomate.

Tomatoes were erroneously thought to be poisonous by Europeans who were suspicious of their what?
A: Bright, shiny fruit.

Aztecs and other peoples in Mesoamerica used the fruit in their what?
A: Cooking.

The exact date of domestication is unknown, but by 500 BC, it was already being cultivated where?
A: In southern Mexico and probably other areas.

The Spanish distributed the tomato throughout their colonies in the what?
A: Caribbean.


They also took it to the Philippines, from where it spread to where?
A: Southeast Asia and then the entire Asian continent.

The tomato grew easily in Mediterranean climates, and when did cultivation begin?
A: In the 1540s.

Tomatoes were not grown in England until when?
A: The 1590s.

What did Thomas Jefferson, do after eating tomatoes in Paris?
A: He sent some seeds back to America.

Alexander W. Livingston was the first person who succeeded in what?
A: Upgrading the wild tomato, developing different breeds and stabilizing the plants.

In 1875, Livingston introduced what variety?
A:The Acme.

Because of the long growing season needed for this heat-loving crop, what two states became major tomato-producers?
A: Florida and California.


In California, tomatoes are grown under irrigation for both the fresh fruit market and for what?
A: Canning and processing.

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) became a major center for what?
A: Research on the tomato.

The C.M. Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center at UC Davis is a what?
A: A gene bank of wild relatives, monogenic mutants and miscellaneous genetic stocks of tomato.

Who is the Center is named for?
A: The late Dr. Charles M. Rick, a pioneer in tomato genetics research.

The poor taste and lack of sugar in modern garden and commercial tomato varieties resulted from  what?
A: Breeding tomatoes to ripen uniformly red.

Cultivated tomatoes vary in size, from tomberries, less than a quarter inch in diameter up to what?
A: Beefsteak tomatoes of 4 inches or more in diameter.

The most widely grown commercial tomatoes tend to be in what range?
A: The 2.0–2.4 inch diameter range.


Tomatoes grown for canning and sauces are often elongated, 3–4 inches long and 1.6–2.0 inches in diameter and are called what?
 A: Plum tomatoes.

Where are Roma-type tomatoes important cultivars?
A: In the Sacramento Valley.

Tomatoes along with zucchini, have a reputation for what?
A: Out-producing the needs of the grower.

In 2012, what was world wide tomato production valued at?
A:  58 billion dollars.