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
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
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?
They also took it to the Philippines, from where it spread
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
A: He sent some seeds back to America.
Alexander W. Livingston was the first person who succeeded
A: Upgrading the wild tomato, developing different breeds and stabilizing the plants.
In 1875, Livingston introduced what variety?
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
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
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.