Zoology & Botany

Tomato plant

Prepare a picture of/book about a tomato plant in advance, as well as a sample of tomato.

Say: Look at this plant. (Show a picture of a tomato plant.) This is a tomato plant. Remember, to be classified as a plant, a living  thing should have multiple cells, grow in soil, have leaves and roots, produce seeds, and produce its own food through photosynthesis.

Tomato is a herbaceous plant that is part of the nightshade family. The plant is commonly grown all over the world for its fruit, the tomato. Though botanically classified as fruits, many people think of them as being garden vegetables due to their savory taste. The plant is a small, half-woody, attractive, fast-growing, brittle tree; shallow-rooted; Its leaves are evergreen, more or less heart-shaped at the base, ovate, pointed at the apex, thin, softly hairy, with conspicuous coarse veins and a distinctive scent (caused by glands on the hair tips). The flowers are bright yellow and have a bottle-shaped stamen cone in the center. The fruit is usually bright red, but can be many different colors. As a vine, this plant sprawls across the ground, unless it is trained along a wire cage, trellis, or fence; it can also be tied to a stake in some cases. Tomato plants are relatively easy to cultivate. The plants require regular watering, and thrive on full sun, between 14 and 18 hours of direct sunlight daily. They are sensitive to frost. (Show the tomato to the baby) Say: Look, tomato! Taste it, baby, it tastes Yummy) The tomato is eaten in many different ways, raw like a fruit, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salsas, salads, processed into ketchup or tomato soup. Tomatoes are very popular in Mediterranean cuisines such as Italian. They are important ingredient in pizza and pasta sauces. The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in the small Spanish town of Buñol. The festival called La Tomatina, involves some 40,000 people throwing 150,000 tomatoes at each other.

Tomato plants originated in the South American Andes around the area of modern day Peru and was first used as a food by the Aztec's in Southern Mexico. We need to take care of plants and treat them with respect because they are living things just like us, people and have an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

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