Tomato, Lycopersicum esculentum (syn. Solanum lycopersicum and Lycopersicon lycopersicum) is an herbaceous annual in the family Solanaceae grown for its edible fruit. The plant can be erect with short stems or vine-like with long, spreading stems.
Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to manyhealth benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source ofvitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.