Free lecture as part of the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival

When tomatoes first arrived in Europe, people were deeply distrustful of these ‘love apples’ because of their links to some of Europe’s most toxic plants. Globally we now grow half the weight of the human population each year! Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, will explore their origins, diversity, and the remarkable legal decision of 1893 that classified them as a vegetable and not a fruit.

Auditorium, Education & Visitor Centre