Ohio’s state fruit – 5 reasons Tomato works

by Maureen McCabe on April 8, 2009

I heard about it briefly this morning on NBC 4 News (Columbus.)  I am happy Ohio has a state fruit and that the state fruit  is the tomato.

5 reason’s the tomato works as Ohio’s state fruit:

1. Ohio is the number two producer of tomatoes today (I did not know that. Who is number one?)

2. The first commercially produced tomato, the pararon tomato  produced in Ohio in 1870.

3. Reynoldsburg Ohio (a suburb of Columbus on the southeast side) has a Tomato Festival and a Tomato Parade.

4. The hard work of school kids from Wilmington Ohio (southwest Ohio)   They’ve been working on this for years.

5. The tomato is one of those fruits that I think is a vegetable  and that makes it more fun.

According to an article  “Area Students push for state fruit” in Wilmington Ohio’s  WNEWSJ.com (online edition of the Wilmington News Journal and Wilmington News Star Journal)   other fruit’s that have been suggested in the past, the article says the  “paw-paw and apple..”   Apples are nice…  Personally I have seen paw-paw trees but never the real fruit…  Tomatoes are everywhere… in salads… in pasta sauce…  in juice ( personally I don’t like tomato juice but tomatoes are in V-8 and I like V-8) …

The WNEWSJ article written by Ryan Carter says it  all started in Christina Shingledecker’s class back in 2005 because Florida made the orange their state fruit…

Who is number one producer of tomatoes?  California?

Thanks Mrs. (?) Shingledecker and students…. at Miami Trace School in Wilmington Ohio for the NEW state fruit.  Thanks for your persistence.

The photos is from Ohioan Cindy Funk.  She shared it on Flickr with a Creative Commons License. Click on Cindy Funk’s tomato photo to see her Flickr photostream. EDIT 2012  No idea why the photo was NOT displaying.  It’s still there.  The image on Flickr is still there.  The image is still CC license.  disclosure They are Springfield Ohio tomatoes not Columbus Ohio tomatoes.  I doubt that is important.

Many of the photos on old posts don’t display.

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1 Richard Stabile Bergen County Real Estate April 9, 2009 at 08:12 pm

Tomatoes are one of my most important foods.
Without tomatoes We would not have:
1. Pizza
2. Pasta and Sauce
3. Meatballs in sauce
4. Bracisole in sauce
5. Sausage in sauce.
Every thing in sauce
6. Ketchup. I eat it on everything!
7. BLT’s
8. Tomato Salad.
9. Sauce to dip great Italian bread into.
10. Steak Pizziola
11. Sauce for rice balls.
12. Sauce for everything!
13. Tomatoe Juice.
What this has to do with real estate and new homes I don’t quite know, but to me it is in the center of life.

2 Maureen McCabe April 10, 2009 at 06:53 am


“What this has to do with real estate and new homes I don’t quite know, but to me it is in the center of life.”

This site is called ColumbusBestBlog.com Ohio is a city in Columbus. See at the top it says “A blog about the best of Columbus & Central Ohio by Maureen McCabe of Real Living HER ?” This site says (but I don’t expect you to read it) it IS NOT all about real estate. It is certainly not all about new homes… oh you just stopped by for the link.

Oops it is gone. Move along.

3 Kristian August 30, 2012 at 02:37 pm

I’m not sure if the tomato has been put off the list, but 2009 was the year that the pawpaw became Ohio’s state fruit.

Maybe they share that honor?

4 Maureen McCabe August 30, 2012 at 04:34 pm

Thanks I remember something about that, I think there is something about the Paw Paw Festival somewhere on this site… The Festival is down in Hocking County? Or another County south of here? Someplace outside Columbus. Maybe this Tomato post was wrong when it was published! Oh my… I have always wanted to see a Paw Paw fruit.

5 Kristian August 30, 2012 at 08:15 pm

After I posted it, I did find a site or two that listed TWO state fruits for Ohio…the tomato AND the pawpaw.


The Pawpaw Festival is in Albany, just south of Athens, at Lake Snowden. Here’s my post about the festival last year. You would love it.


Unfortunately, I’ve read on the site that the early harvest season and weather have contributed to few crop. Hopefully, there are still enough to taste and enjoy!

6 Maureen McCabe August 31, 2012 at 11:08 am


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