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Terry Tomato is U of T’s very own super-veggie. Terry and his team are working day and night for animals, the environment, and your health. He has a dry sense of humour, and when he is not saving the day, he likes to spend his time at the gym. When he is upset, he bulks up, like the The Hulk (which, by the way, was filmed at U of T). If you make Terry really angry, he explodes into a messy but delicious tomato sauce. Keep your eyes open around campus for Terry and his buddies.

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People around the world eat a lot of tomatoes! In 2011, 159,023,383 tonnes of tomatoes were produced around the world! Out of this, 470,840 tonnes were produced in Canada. Canada’s tomato production for one year weighs the same as 2,297 of the new Toronto Rocket subway trains!

THREE

Tomatoes are full of nutrition, like lycopene. Some studies suggest that lycopene helps prevent cancer, specially prostate cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

FOUR

When it comes to tomatoes, English language speakers are divided into two camps. British English speakers usually pronounce it “tom-ah-to” while American English speakers usually pronounce it “tom-ay-to”. Tomayto-tomahto – who cares as long as everyone gets along?

FIVE

Tomato is a very controversial creature. According to Botany, it is a fruit. Yes, a sweet, plump fruit. But it is cooked like a vegetable.

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U of T has tomatoes growing on its grounds. Students and volunteers from the Dig In! Campus Agriculture group plant several different varieties of tomatoes each year.

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Leamington, Ontario is the Tomato Capital of Canada. The Leamington Tomato Festival takes place each year in August, and includes all kinds of tomatolicious games and food.

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There are thousands of varieties of tomatoes. At U of T, we like to use heirloom tomatoes in salads because they are so pretty. In our pasta sauces, we like to use romano tomatoes, and field or cherry tomatoes in other dishes. Drop by one of the campus dining halls and try some tomatoes!

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Tomatoes make great soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, and beverages. Tomatoes have a low sugar content, so unless you add ice cream to your tomatoes, they are not good for desserts. Here is a student-friendly recipe using tomatoes, borrowed from Chef Michael Smith (who sometimes grows his own tomatoes).

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

This recipe is borrowed from Chef Michael Smith. See original post here.

TEN

You can find tomatoes on campus every day! Try the pasta sauces, salads and curries at any of our locations. For example, the butter chicken at Veda has tomatoes in the sauce!