Ah, the tomato, so well-loved by foodies everywhere! The French used to call it la pomme d'amour, "the love apple." Today, cooks around the world work their magic with it. There are more than 4000 types of tomatoes and no doubt even more ways to eat them. Without the tomato, we would have no Mexican salsa or Italian pizza. Many wonderful Indian dishes would not be the same. After the potato, it is the most popular vegetable in the world. But wait - is it a vegetable?
You may be thinking,"Who cares?" But this question once came before the highest court in the United States. It happened back in 1893. At that time, there was a tax on imported fruit. Natully, importers of tomatoes called them fruitso as not to pay the tax. Not everyone agreed, and the question went all the way to the Supreme Court. The justices knew that the tomato really is a fruit. That is because it is the part of the plant holding the seeds. To be more specific, it is a berry. However, most people considered it a vegetables than like fruit. That was the basis for the Court's decision. The justice said the tomato should be called─ and taxes as─ a vegetable.
The story of the tomato really begins much earlier. It starts in South America, where tomatoes grew wild. The first people to grow them were the Mayans. In the 1500s, the Spanish took tomatoes from Mexico to Spanish. From there, tomatoes went to French, Italy, and other areas around the Mediterranean Sea. Those first tomatoes were small and yellow. Their color gave the tomato its Italian name, pomodoro, or pomo d'oro,"golden apple."
Europeans did not fall in love with tomatoes quickly. For a long time, they were afraid to eat them. The tomato plant looks like a plant calles deadly nightshade, or belladonna, and is part of the same family. The roots, leaves, and berries of the deadly nightshade are highly poisonous.
So it took a while for Europeans to accept the tomato. The first cookbook with tomato recipes did not come out until 1692.
Bythe late 1700s, Europeans were happily eating tomatoes. However, in the United States, most people did not yet trust them. President Thomas Jefferson(1743-1826) helped to change their minds.
He grew tomatoes in his gardens and served them at dinners in the White House. Today, 85% of U.S.home gardeners grow tomatoes. They would no doubt agree with the words of this song:
Only two things that can't buy
That's ture love and homegrown tomatoes
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The French used to call it la pomme d'amour, "the love apple."
used to + 原型V 以前(做...)
ex. He used to come here every day.
be used to + Ving 習慣於 (額外補充)
Natully(Natually??), importers of tomatoes called them fruit so as not to pay the tax. Not everyone agreed, and the question went all the way to the Supreme Court.
副詞, 主詞 + 動詞 + ....... 用副詞修飾全句(這是文法，用例句比較容易理解)
ex. Natually, they don't get along with Jack.
*get along with + sb. 與某人相處
so as to + 原型V = in order to + 原型V 為了(後面接要做的事)
ex. John got up early so as to (in order to) catch the early bus.
Not everyone agreed, and the question went all the way to the Supreme Court.
all the way 一直
ex. The question went all the way to the Supreme Court
The justices knew that the tomato really is a fruit.
really is (X)
is really (O)
To be more specific , it is a berry.
To be + adj., 主詞 + 動詞 + ...... (這裡的用法相當於副詞在前的用法)
ex. To be more specific, it is a berry.
= Specifically, it is a berry.
However, most people considered it a vegetables(這裡應該不用加s) than like fruit.
consider A (to be) B 將 A 視為 B
ex. I consider cancer to be a warning of health.
= I consider cancer a warning of health.
It starts in South America, where tomatoes grew wild.
From there, tomatoes went to French, Italy, and other areas around
the Mediterranean Sea.
the + 地理專有名詞
ex. the United States , the Philippines(菲律賓群島), the Pacific Ocean(太平洋)
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