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Tomatoes UK's most Googled fruit

Tomatoes UK s most Googled fruit It's a bloody mystery

The tomato is the UK’s most Googled fruit, according to research.

A review by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) found there are almost twice as many searches for “tomatoes” in the UK as there are for “apples”, which is the second most searched for fruit.

And when it comes to information on tomatoes, fruit (and veggie) lovers are spoilt for choice as Google lists 53.6 million web pages that mention them.

After apples, bananas and peaches came joint third, with oranges in fifth place.

A similar picture emerged in other English-speaking countries, with tomatoes also coming top in the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Apples also ranked second in all of these counties except New Zealand, where peaches are second.

The WCRF carried out the review to coincide with "Fruity Friday," which aims to highlight the importance of eating many different types fruit and vegetables to reduce the risk of cancer.

Teresa Nightingale, WCRF general manager, said: “I have always thought of apples, oranges and bananas as the most popular fruits, so I was surprised to see them all beaten by the tomato, especially as many people actually think of tomatoes as a vegetable.

“But although we tend to cook tomatoes in our evening meals or in savoury dishes, this doesn’t change the fact that the tomato is a fruit. We are not sure whether people are looking for information about growing tomatoes or finding out about their nutritional content, but they are the winner by some distance.

“As well as being good for health generally, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables also probably reduces risk of cancer. This means that their great taste is not the only reason for eating lots of them."

This article was published on Fri 13 May 2011

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