TOMATO FIGHT! Tomatina 2012 Kicks Off in Spain

Spain is in the red as their annual tomato fight got underway this week! Keep reading to learn about the event, some fun tomato facts and recipes that actually make practical use of the tomato…

The always exuberant people of Spain throw tomatoes (in the name of tradition, of course!) during the annual tomatina fight in the village of Buñol. Almost 50,000 people from the likes of America, Australia and Japan picked up a tomato and took aim at friends and other strangers. Nearly 100 tons of tomatoes were used in the festival’s 64th year; we feel that you can put the gorgeous produce to better use!

Check out our favorite tomato recipes:

Pasta with Broccoli Raab, Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Summer Sweet Corn Salad

Slow-Cooked Chili

Homemade Margarita Pizza

Here are some fun facts about the tomato:

Grown by the Aztec people, the tomato was called “plump thing with a navel”. The Aztecs also made what could be considered the very first salsa; tomatoes, corn, salt and hot peppers!

John Gerard wrote about the tomato in a published work from 1597. He believed the tomato to be poisonous even though he knew that it was eaten in both Spain and Italy. Don’t always believe what you read! For many years, people in Great Britain and the first North American colonies considered the tomato to be dangerous. Poor tomato!

As most people know, during the 19th century, you would get a tomato in your face for a bad stage performance. I love going to my local annual Renaissance Faire because the tomato guy (insult jokes for the price of a tomato pitch to the face) is an amusing highlight.

The United States is the world’s second largest tomato producer after China.

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and are so versatile. You can enjoy tomatoes in gazpacho, chili, salads and even stuffed with proteins like chicken or tuna. Tomatoes are used to create salsas and ketchup and also make a great drink, whether you choose the healthy version or a souped-up Bloody Mary for a Sunday Funday!

How do you use tomatoes? What do you think of Spain’s annual tomato fight? Let me know in the comments, and see you tomorrow with a freebie!



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