Tomatoes are botanically fruits but legally vegetables, as decided by the US Supreme Court in 1893.

9. The largest tomato ever grown weighed a staggering 3.51 kg (7 lb 12 oz), recorded in 1986.

8. Tomatoes have a 'tomato gene,' which can be turned off to extend shelf life without compromising flavor.

7. There are over 10,000 tomato varieties ranging in color from purple, green, to even black.

6. Tomatoes were once believed to be poisonous in Europe during the 1700s due to their belonging to the nightshade family.

5. The first tomato genome was sequenced in 2012, paving the way for more resilient and flavorful varieties.

4. Tomatoes can protect your skin from UV rays, thanks to their high lycopene content.

3. A single tomato plant can yield up to 200 tomatoes in a season under optimal conditions.

2. Tomato leaves are toxic if ingested due to their concentration of alkaloids.

1. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, and are 95% water.