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Fun Facts About Tomatoes

By goldfinch4
March 2, 2014

Here's a fun compilation of some interesting facts about tomatoes.

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dirtdorphins
Mar 1, 2014 7:42 PM CST
I'm so ready for a BLT, but not buying this one:
"A tomato juice mixture is the best cure for skunk odor because the acid in tomatoes neutralizes the odor."

Not true!
Skunk spray is an oily substance with sulfur containing thiols that are not water soluble and cannot be neutralized with any acid.
('best cure' is to use a liquid soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide combo and oxidize the offending thiols into water soluble compounds)
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Joannabanana
Mar 1, 2014 8:08 PM CST
I have one to add. If you add strawberries (frozen or fresh) to your tomato sauces, your tomato flavor will be enhanced with a special sweetness. I do this for spaghetti sauces
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greene
Mar 1, 2014 8:12 PM CST
Well, I just did a bit of reading and technically the tomato juice does neutralize the odor - but it does so in our own noses, not on the dog - the smell of the tomato juice causes our brain to not notice the skunk smell so much.

I enjoyed the fun facts, thanks. Thank You!
Now I am ready for a CBLT - that's a catfish, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, yum.
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dirtdorphins
Mar 1, 2014 9:35 PM CST
http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/skun...

CBLAT for me Smiling
cheese, bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato
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goldfinch4
Mar 2, 2014 5:13 AM CST
That is interesting information that tomato juice doesn't neutralize skunk odor. It does smell a whole lot better than skunk smell though!

I have a story about that.... Years ago we had a boxer (lived in the house with us, not an outside dog). She got me up at 2:00 AM one night because she had to go out. Came back 5 minutes later, ran in the house and YIKES - she had been sprayed by a skunk! N A S T Y ! I finally got her in the bathtub, washed her down with tomato juice, and then she decided to shake all that tomato juice off. Yes - all over the lace curtains, lace shower curtain, walls, ceiling, floor, me. So I spent the next 3 hours cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry. Her leather collar was so bad I just had to throw that out. She did smell better, but maybe I just had so much tomato juice up my nose I couldn't tell the difference anymore! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Oh - and both your versions of BLTs sound delicious! Thumbs up
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RavenCroft
Mar 2, 2014 8:11 AM CST
Here's another fact...... tomatoes belong to the nightshade family. Only 2 species can eat them & not die or have ill effects: humans & deer!
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dirtdorphins
Mar 2, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Crimeny,
Apparently the racoons and birds didn't get that memo--
The ripened fruit, the tomato itself, is perfectly safe and edible for many species because it does not contain the toxic solanine, a glycoalkoloid.
Both humans and deer would have ill effects consuming the rest of the plant...
Manduca larva, conversely, are an example of a species well equipped to devour the rest of the plant.
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chelle
Mar 3, 2014 6:46 AM CST
Rodents, including chipmunks and squirrels eat tomato fruit. Groundhogs like them, too. Our farm dogs have always helped themselves to tomato fruit that dangles outside the garden fence. Our current Lab/Rott mix has enjoyed seasonal tomatoes for 16 years -with never a single health issue. Smiling I had qualms about it at first, but it seems that the dogs know what they're about. Shrug!


Thanks for the interesting and fun article, Chris! Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
Mar 3, 2014 9:22 AM CST
Joann, adding strawberries to tomato sauce sounds very interesting. Hadn't heard that one before.

Thanks Chelle, glad you enjoyed it!
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SongofJoy
Mar 3, 2014 9:38 AM CST
Joannabanana said:I have one to add. If you add strawberries (frozen or fresh) to your tomato sauces, your tomato flavor will be enhanced with a special sweetness. I do this for spaghetti sauces


Adding tomatoes to fruit salads is yummy too. nodding
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dollie
Mar 14, 2014 3:20 PM CST
I enjoyed your fun facts about tomatoes! It took me back in time when I was a small child....my Grandmother used tomato sauce on my dog to get rid of the skunk smell. Worked like a charm!



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goldfinch4
Mar 15, 2014 1:57 AM CST
Tee, another thing I've never done, but sounds good.

Thanks Dollie. Too bad dogs are so curious about skunks! Hilarious!
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