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.