: Tomatoes are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and the seeds are high in fiber. The green parts are mildly poisonous, which is not surprising, as tomatoes are closely related to both nightshade and tobacco. The tomato was originally believed to be poisonous when introduced into Europe, and was used solely as an ornamental plant during the 16th and 17th centuries. The first traces of its use as a food date back to the first half of the 18th century. Tomatoes are now a tasty ingredient in many dishes, and are used fresh, canned, stewed or even sun-dried.
Banana Legs Tomato: Add interest to any green salad. This novelty tomato is similar in shape to a small banana. The fruits are very prolific, low acid, meaty, and averaging 1 1/2 inches in diameter by 4 inches in length. Most fruit is solid yellow, but some have light green stripes. This variety was reportedly stabilized from a single plant in a batch of unnamed crosses called 'Mixed Long Toms' from Tater Mater in 1984. While it's good for sauces, canning, or salsa, this tomato also makes a great conversation starter. Determinate. Matures in 75 days.