"Tomatoes" is a 48-page book, part of a series with other titles including Apples, Bananas, Corn, Sugar, and Wheat.
This book is divided into chapters that explore among other things, the history of tomatoes, the business of tomatoes, and tomatoes as a healthy food choice.
There are many fun facts throughout the book, for example:
* "The average American eats about 17 pounds of tomatoes a year."
* "The tomato was sometimes used as medicine."
* "There are over 4,000 different tomatoes."
While this book doesn't discuss how to grow tomatoes, for students doing a project with growing tomatoes, this would be a great companion book to learn about this wonderful fruit (or vegetable?!).
- Read the review on Goodreads (only 1 so far!)
- Interesting Smithsonian article on tomato history - "Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years"
- Background on "Rutgers" tomato - introduced in 1934 and used commercially for canned soup (discussed in the book)
- History of the Campbell Soup company - Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
- TRY GROWING SOME TOMATOES!