For most of the five years I spent learning Spanish, I was happy knowing that tomate was Spanish for tomatoe. And it is. But so is jitomate.
Jitomate is a word you'll hear in Mexico for tomato. The good old round red tomatoes that we know so well. And just for giggles, here's a picture.
Now, there is another type of tomato. You know, what we call cherry tomatoes.
These are called tomatillos.
So there's one more kind of tomatoes we still have to talk about, the green ones.
Guess what these are called? Tomates. Or a tomate verde.
Well, wasn't that interesting? But guess what? It gets better.
These variations on the names of tomatoes vary regionally within Mexico. I found an interesting thread in WordReference that has a very nice discussion about tomates. Check it out:
I would have never thought a discussion on tomatoes would be so complicated. ¡Ni modo!
¡Hasta la próxima!