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Posted January 10, 2017 | 11:36 AM

Homegrown Hillsborough: Tomatoes

Hillsborough County farmers grow more than 60 crops. Each month we will feature a seasonal crop, grown locally and available fresh in area groceries.

November's harvest: Tomatoes

Tomatoes

When are fresh Hillsborough County tomatoes available at local groceries and farm stands?

October through December, and April through June

What type of tomatoes are grown commercially here?

Round and cherry tomatoes

Where are tomatoes most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?

Ruskin and elsewhere in south Hillsborough

How many acres are planted with tomatoes?

5,776 acres

How many pounds of tomatoes are harvested?

170,392,000 pounds, with an estimated value of $81 million

Fun fact: Botanically, tomatoes are fruit - though many people and even the U.S. Supreme Court consider them vegetables. In 1893 the high court, for the purpose of levying a tariff, ruled the tomato is a vegetable.

Local insight: Hillsborough County grows 15 percent of all fresh-market tomatoes in Florida, and is ranked third in the state behind Manatee and Collier counties

Recipe: Florida Tomato and Mozzarella Phyllo Tart

More information about Florida tomatoes

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