Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 7, 1993 · Page 21
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 21

Ukiah, California
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Friday, May 7, 1993
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ON THE MARKET FRIDAY, MAY 7,1993-5 Tomatoes finally come into their own By JAMES E. WALTERS The Associated Press The first American cookbook, "The New Art of Cookery," printed in Philadelphia in 1798, didn't mention tomatoes. They were regarded then as poisonous since they are members of the sometimes-toxic nightshade family. Today, the tomato image has improved to the point where a fertilizer company is offering a $100,000 prize for the grower of the world's largest tomato. Consumption of the highly edible vegetable now averages 4.1 tomatoes per person per week for every man, woman and child in this country. That works out to approximately 80 pounds a year (including ketchup-covered burgers and fries). Americans buy 9 million tons a year and grow another 1.6 million tons in home gardens. Of the estimated 29 million Americans with home gardens, 95 percent grow tomatoes, according to a Gallup Poll. Each garden averages six tomato plants, and each plant produces an average of 45 tomatoes. In conjunction with its tomato contest, the Miracle-Gro fertilizer company offers some facts about the plant: While botanists classify the tomato as a fruit, most people seem to consider it a vegetable. The U.S. Supreme Court, in deciding an 1893 case over imports, ruled that it is a vegetable. Some biblical scholars believe the Garden of Eden's love apple was a tomato. In France, a tomato is called pomme d'amour. In Italy, it's pome amoris. The botanical (Latin) name is Lycopersicum esculentum, which translates as edible wolf peach. Tomatoes apparently began as wild. cherry-sized berries in the South American Andes. The type known today developed in Mexico and was brought to Europe by boat with returning conquistadors. In 1554, herbalist Pier Andrea Mattioli wrote, "the tomato is eaten in Italy with oil, salt and pepper." In August 1820, Robert Gibbon Johnson, against the advice of his physician, ate a tomato on the courthouse steps at Salem, N.J. Since he lived to tell the tale, the demonstration helped remove doubt about tomato edibility. Varieties known to produce large tomatoes include Burpee's Delicious, Park's Whopper, Giant Belgium, German Johnson, Brandywine, Dinner Plate, Dutchman, Beefmaster and German Head. However, most large tomatoes seldom come in at more than a pound and a half. Gardeners have three seasons — until the end of 1995 — to eclipse the record. If there is no winner, the money is promised to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Gordon Graham of Edmond, Okla., holds the fertilizer contest's current record — 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Graham says if a gargantuan tomato is spotted he recommends allowing it to grow as long as possible. He also suggests starting seed indoors and setting transplants outdoor when soil temperatures reach 60-65 degrees. Also, once small tomatoes appear, pinch off all but a few to focus the plant's energy on enlarging the remainder; grow in full sun; set up sturdy cages or stakes for support and supply adequate water and fertilizer. Entries should be photographed as soon as picked, packed carefully and sent by overnight express to Miracle-Gro $100.000 Tomato Challenge. 1415 ParkAve.. Hoboken, NJ. 07030, for weighing. • LOTS • Five Acres/East Vlly. $100K Five Vu. Acres/ East. Vlly. $150K S/W Foothills Low W/Vu $52,500 Hopland Acre W/Util $75K Willits R-3 Multi Fam $14.5K • HOMES • 3 Bdrm. Willits recent re-mod $114.9K West. Foothills 3 Bdrm/2 Ba., views; Sell or Lease/Opt $159.8K 3000 S.F., w/4 Bdrm., 2.5 ba., Best of Everything, 2 acres $350K Two Homes on 300+ Acres, close-in, Garden of Eden setting $675K • MOBILES • Two Bedroom in nice park $17,950 Three Bedroom/2 ba. below mkt $54.5K • COMMERCIAL • North State St. Complex, Van tenants. Great cash-flow, Owner terms..$675K Orchard Avenue winner. 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