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Tomatoes during the War

tomatoesWhilst all of the nurseries specialized in their own personal produce the outbreak of World War 2 was to force all of the growers in the same direction. The days of roses and grapes were over as the government introduced new legislation banning the production of non-essential produce. Tomatoes were now the crop of choice and it was up to the growers, regardless of any problems they might have faced, to meet this new demand.

The tomato is a member of the nightshade family and is not a vegetable, but the berry fruit of a vine native to South America. Theyhave been grown as a food since the 16th century, though they have at various times and places been regarded as both poisonous and decorative plants.

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