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Quiz about You Say Tomahto and I Say Tomayto
Quiz about You Say Tomahto and I Say Tomayto

You Say 'To-mah-to' and I Say 'To-may-to' Quiz


The tomato has been in the news lately in the US. What do we really know about this popular food? Come, take a tour of the world of tomatoes with me.

A multiple-choice quiz by cat_brat63. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
cat_brat63
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
291,506
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. It is generally accepted that the tomato has its origins in what area of the world? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In the 1590s, tomatoes began to become popular in the United Kingdom. Tomatoes had crossed the Atlantic, first arriving in what other European country? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. An early leader of the newly founded United States enjoyed tomatoes while visiting in Paris and sent seeds home to America for planting. Who was this founding father? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What popular variety of tomatoes, whose name suggests meat, is commonly used in sandwich making? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Today, tomatoes are the base ingredient in one of the most popular condiments known to man. In the USA in particular, what is this condiment that goes well with French fries? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. And now, the age-old question - Botanically speaking, is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

Answer: (One Word)
Question 7 of 10
7. Three American states have glorified the tomato as their state vegetable. Name one of these states.

Answer: (One or two words)
Question 8 of 10
8. The wide-spread outbreak of what disease has caused tomatoes to be pulled from American shelves from time to time? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. No quiz on tomatoes would be complete without a mention of a movie. Other than 'Fried Green Tomatoes' what other 1990s movie earned Kathy Bates high accolades? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. OK, back to the original title of this quiz. What song-writing duo made popular the song 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off'? Hint



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1. It is generally accepted that the tomato has its origins in what area of the world?

Answer: west coast of South America

Some theorists also believe that the first wild types of tomatoes were grown in Mexico. There is even the possibility that tomato seeds were spread to Central America via the droppings of pack animals along the trade routes. Ewwwwwww.
2. In the 1590s, tomatoes began to become popular in the United Kingdom. Tomatoes had crossed the Atlantic, first arriving in what other European country?

Answer: Spain

Some early cultivators of tomatoes knew that the stem and leaves of the plant contained potentially poisonous qualities. The fruit was known to be safe to eat. However, rumor mills being such that they are, many believed the fruit to be poisonous as well, thus hampering the popularity of the tomato. It wasn't until the mid 1700s that tomatoes became widely popular for daily use.
3. An early leader of the newly founded United States enjoyed tomatoes while visiting in Paris and sent seeds home to America for planting. Who was this founding father?

Answer: Thomas Jefferson

Tomatoes are now grown world-wide with the United States being the second highest producer in 2005. In that year, China produced over 31 million tons of tomatoes and the United States produced over 11 million tons.
4. What popular variety of tomatoes, whose name suggests meat, is commonly used in sandwich making?

Answer: beefsteak

Beefsteak tomatoes usually weigh in at one pound or more. The flesh of this variety is generally red, but sometimes is pink. Due to their thin skin, beefsteak tomatoes do not have a long shelf life and are therefore not as commercially-produced as some other varieties.
5. Today, tomatoes are the base ingredient in one of the most popular condiments known to man. In the USA in particular, what is this condiment that goes well with French fries?

Answer: ketchup or catsup

Whether it be made by Del Monte, Hunts, Heinz or some other brand, ketchup (my preferred spelling) tastes delicious on many foods. Give me a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and ketchup and I will be plenty happy. Oh, and yes, I would like fries with that.
6. And now, the age-old question - Botanically speaking, is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

Answer: fruit

According to botanists (and they oughta know), tomatoes develop from the flower of the tomato plant. Thus, the tomato is a fruit, or more accurately, a berry. Since tomatoes are not as sweet as most fruits, folks commonly call them a vegetable strictly for culinary purposes, though.
7. Three American states have glorified the tomato as their state vegetable. Name one of these states.

Answer: Arkansas

Arkansas declared the tomato to be the state fruit as well as the state vegetable. Guess they couldn't decide.
8. The wide-spread outbreak of what disease has caused tomatoes to be pulled from American shelves from time to time?

Answer: salmonella

Many illnesses have been reported in multiple states in 1990, 2006 and again in 2008 in America causing stores to remove this popular food from their shelves. Restaurants did not even serve tomato-based dishes during these outbreaks. People who contract the illness from tainted tomatoes often experience severe diarrhea among other symptoms.

Some have even lost their lives. Scary to think our food supply is in such a precarious situation.
9. No quiz on tomatoes would be complete without a mention of a movie. Other than 'Fried Green Tomatoes' what other 1990s movie earned Kathy Bates high accolades?

Answer: Misery

Kathy Bates earned the Academy Award for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in 'Misery' in 1990. What a chilling movie it is, too. In 'Fried Green Tomatoes', she played the role of Evelyn Couch who befriends a lonely resident of a nursing home played by the outstanding Jessica Tandy. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards.
10. OK, back to the original title of this quiz. What song-writing duo made popular the song 'Let's Call The Whole Thing Off'?

Answer: George and Ira Gershwin

The year 1937 saw many things. Included were the births of my parents and the popularity of this song. Although many people groups align themselves with one pronunciation or the other, generally the British use to-mah-to while the Americans use to-may-to. It's really not worth arguing, let's just all enjoy the special vegetable - oops, make that fruit - whenever we can.

Thanks for sharing this learning experience with me. Blessings!
Source: Author cat_brat63

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