By Jahvon & Chernor
- Round (slicing/table): Medium-sized, globe-shaped. Ideal for eating raw.
- Roma or Plum: Plum-shaped and thick-fleshed. Smaller and less juicy than the Round variety. Excellent for preserving, sauces, or making paste.
- Beefsteak: Similar to Round tomatoes but flatter with fleshier walls and not as juicy. Excellent for both cooking and eating raw. Size varies from small to large.
The tomato was made in South America in earlier Columbian times and eventually became a staple in the Mexican diet. But for much of its history in North America and Europe, it was considered an ornamental plant; eating it was thought to be distasteful if not unhealthy.
In the 1800s it began to be used to make sauces and soups, but it wasn't until the 1900s that the tomato gained full international acceptance.