Interesting Facts About Grape Tomatoes
When grape tomatoes first hit the market in the late nineties, they were a novelty available only in specialty food stores. But it didn’t take long for people to fall in love with these tiny, tasty treats.
Grape tomatoes have a sweet flavor, a firm texture, and less juice, so there’s no need to worry about any squirting when you bite into one.
Averaging between one-half and three-quarters of an inch in length, they’re perfect for popping whole into your mouth like candy, which is probably why kids like them, too!
They are low in calories and high in vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants, and lycopene, so what’s not to like?!
The first tomatoes of this type are thought to have been grown in Southeast Asia.
Originally tomatoes were considered poisonous by Europeans. It was thought if you ate a tomato, its poison would turn your blood to acid. Aren’t we glad that turned out to be just a myth?
Grape tomatoes are a labor-intensive crop to grow. Because of their size, it takes more time to pick them. Just like grapes in a vineyard, they form in clusters on a tomato vine, but need to be picked individually.
In Thailand, grape tomatoes, which are a hybrid of roma tomatoes, tear-drop tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes, are popular snack items that are eaten in place of peanuts in bars.