1. Believe it or not, tomatoes aren’t always red. They can be yellow, pink, purple, black and even white!

2. Found at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA, the largest single tomato plant in the world covers an area of 56.73 metres sq. That’s bigger than an Olympic size swimming pool!

3. It’s thought that tomatoes originally came from Peru. 

4. Did you know Heinz Tomato Ketchup has a speed limit? If the yummy sauce pours at more than 0.028mph when it’s in the Heinz Tomato Ketchup factory, it’s considered too runny and rejected!

5. La Tomatina is an annual festival in Spain, where people throw 150,000 tomatoes at each other. Sounds messy!

Ten top tomato facts
La Tomatina festival in Valencia, Spain

6. The largest ever tomato on record was picked in Oklahoma, USA, in 1986. It weighed over 3.5kg – that’s more than the average UK newborn baby!

7. In Ohio, USA, they love tomatoes so much that tomato juice is the official state drink!

8. There are around 10,000 varieties of tomatoes worldwide!

9. The first tomatoes in Europe may originally have been yellow. They were first referred to in writing as “pomo d’oro“, meaning “golden apple”.

10. Tomato seedlings have been grown in space before!

Bet you didn”t know that, huh?!

Photos: Tomatoes and La Tomatina / Getty Images UK 


  • Jaffa cake

    Tomato festival... Maybe an apple festival next!

  • Jayden Chang


  • Sara

    Thanks about tomatoes Sara

  • Gregory

    Be crazy

  • Isabel


  • Gregory

    So cool

  • Mr. Unicorn Cheesy Pants 123

    Awesome Super Cool Tomatoes Rock!!!!!

  • School50

    very interesting i am a student and i really learned something

  • IndigoRiver

    this website is the best

  • IndigoRiver


  • IndigoRiver

    my dad would hate to go to that festival because he hates sticky things, glitter and mess



  • mooncookie

    Number 10 is awesome!

  • Treerunner56

    This is a great website, I am doing a science fair background information sheet, and this is really helpful! does any one know the author of this article?

  • Narva


  • Nusrat

    WOW!!!!!!!!! I wanna see a rainbow of tomatoes!!!

  • Twilight


  • ailsaiona

    I didnt know that tomato ketchup had a speed limit

  • maxine

    no.10 is weird

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  • yasssssssssssss

    TuAmtos ArE Sooo Pulrp

  • yasssssssssssss

    TumAtoes Are SOOO Pulrpe

  • nimer

    i am learning about tomatoes at school at this wedsite is the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ben

    take me to spain plz

  • ben

    take me to Spain plz

  • Alessia


  • Rebecca456

    I soooooooooooooooo wanna go to Spain now.

  • IHeartMyMojo11

    I want a tomato fight! it must smell very tomatoey! lollll

  • awesomenes

    TOMATOE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • coolman

    really really weird

  • FlappyEared_Elephant

    I soooo want to go to Spain for that tomato fight.

  • Cool lol

    Hi guys.

  • Sachaprice123

    I want tomatos thrown at me!

  • Goldfish1

    Tomato fights must be cool

  • Joe22

    Its like having a enormous food fight for 24hr

  • Numan

    So amazing. Poor sauced tomatoes!

  • facts142

    Tomato seeds can grow in space! :3

  • me

    I never knew they had tomato fights! I want to go to Spain now!!

  • cool

    tamatos are so red

  • Prehistorical

    Tomatoes rock!

  • popcorn123

    Wow !La Tomatina sounds fun .

  • ally123


  • ally123

    in space

  • ally123


  • Shanzie

    I love tomatoes

  • Ella

    They are amazing facts that I didnt even know. AWSOME FACTS

  • jinglemani

    its great you tomato

  • BIG-_-BOB

    forgot to mention that tomatoes are a fruit

  • Alice

    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tomatoes are quite fasanating arent they? :-D

  • Amy

    I never knew that tomatoes was very different from different other vegetables or fruit!

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