Tomato Basil Pie

Tomato Basil Pie from Jack Allen's Kitchen

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Tomatoes are the second most widely consumed vegetable in the U.S., after potatoes. Botanically speaking, the tomato is a fruit, but 122 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it (for tax reasons) a vegetable. Today, the tomato’s popularity is no doubt tied in with some of our favorite ethnic cuisines—such as Mexican and Italian—as well as condiments such as ketchup and salsa.

According to USDA statistics, Americans consumed 31.1 pounds of tomatoes per person in 2013, 59 percent

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