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How many different kinds of tomatoes are there?

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that there are 25,000 types of tomatoes. However, other sources say that there are only 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

Tomato types include the Amai, which has a bright red color and is shaped like a grape. The Bella Rosa tomato is round in shape and resistant to spotted wilt virus, which makes it ideal for gardens.

Tomatoes are said to have their origin in Peru. The name for the tomato came from the Aztec word "xiotomatl," which translates to mean "plump thing with a navel."

Fresh-market tomatoes are grown in all 50 U.S. states, and 93 percent of household gardens contain tomatoes.


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