Tomatoes: 10 questions

  1. What is the Italian word for tomato?
  2. Which country has a famous annual tomato festival called La Tomatina, in which people throw tomatoes at each other for a day in the name of entertainment?
  3. What is the name of the classic song whose lyrics explain how a couple differ over the pronunciation of the word “tomato”, among many others?
  4. The website Rotten Tomatoes aggregates what kind of reviews?
  5. Tomato juice is a major ingredient in a Bloody Mary, but what alcohol is traditionally used in the cocktail?
  6. What kind of tomatoes gave the title of a 1991 film starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy?
  7. For centuries in Europe tomatoes were thought of as poisonous. They aren’t; they were just reacting with an element in the plates of the time which made them poisonous. Which element?
  8. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, which country produces the most tomatoes in the world (based on 2017 figures)?
  9. What is the name of the Spanish chilled soup, generally containing tomatoes, that is associated with Andalusia and prized for its refreshing qualities in the height of summer?
  10. Ketchup is of course one of the most common uses for tomatoes, but what language does the word Ketchup originate from?

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  1. What is the Italian word for tomato?
    A: Pomodoro
  2. Which country has a famous annual tomato festival called La Tomatina, in which people throw tomatoes at each other for a day in the name of entertainment?
    A: Spain
  3. What is the name of the classic song whose lyrics explain how a couple differ over the pronunciation of the word “tomato”, among many others?
    A: Let’s call the whole thing off
  4. The website Rotten Tomatoes aggregates what kind of reviews?
    A: Film reviews
  5. Tomato juice is a major ingredient in a Bloody Mary, but what alcohol is traditionally used in the cocktail?
    A: Vodka
  6. What kind of tomatoes gave the title of a 1991 film starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy?
    A: Fried Green Tomatoes
  7. For centuries in Europe tomatoes were thought of as poisonous. They aren’t; they were just reacting with an element in the plates of the time which made them poisonous. Which element?
    A: Lead. It seems that while lead plates are not that harmful because you don’t consume any of the lead, the acidity of tomatoes causes the lead to leach out meaning you do consume it on the tomatoes. Hence people thought the tomatoes were dangerous, rather than the plates.
  8. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, which country produces the most tomatoes in the world (based on 2017 figures)?
    A: China (it’s always China with this kind of question!)
  9. What is the name of the Spanish chilled soup, generally containing tomatoes, that is associated with Andalusia and prized for its refreshing qualities in the height of summer?
    A: Gazpacho
  10. Ketchup is of course one of the most common uses for tomatoes, but what language does the word Ketchup originate from?
    A: Indonesian

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