Tomato taxonomy refers to the botanical classification of this fruit. The botanical name of Tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum) holds great importance in Scientific Classification of Tomato as it is a combination of genus (Solanum) and species (S. lycopersicum). The class and subclass of this fruit is Magnoliopsida and Asteridae. Family is a major taxonomic rank in classification of a fruit and is classified between order and genus. Family of Tomato is Solanaceae. Fruits with similar family possess similar characteristics.
Interesting facts about Tomato
Fruits have been a prominent part of human diet since ages! We eat fruits in raw, stored, canned form and even use them in various recipes. All of us have a basic idea about the characteristics of this fruit but there are some interesting facts about Tomato that are still unknown to many of us. Some of the intriguing Tomato Facts are:
- Around 10,000 varieties of tomatoes are grown in the world.
- In Buñol, people celebrate the Tomatina festival where around 1.5 lakh tomatoes are used.
- As per Guinness book of records, heaviest tomato weighed 3.51 kg.
Nowadays, hybridization of fruits has given rise to different varieties of fruits. The varieties of this fruit are Better Boy, Early Girl, Beefsteak, Beefmaster, Pink Brandywinem, Caspian Pink, Thai Pinks, Hawaiian Pineapple, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Cherokee Purple, Black Ethiopian and Paul Robeson. It is not available in seedless variety.