Tomato | Pomodoro

It still means golden apple to this day, but it’s actually a tomato in Italian.
Etymology: tomato in Italian comes from Latin pomum aureus, “golden apple”.

Have you ever heard about the Pomodoro technique? This time management method borrows its name from this red Italian fruit. Or is it actually a vegetable? Either way, let’s listen to its pronunciation.

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Il pomodoro
The tomato

I pomodori
The tomatoes


Adjectives for tomato in Italian

A pomodoro can be…

rosso
red

acerbo
unripe

maturo
ripe

fresco
fresh

verde
green

secco
sun-dried

ripieno
stuffed – it is delicious!

fritto
fried

I pomodori acerbi sono verdi, non li raccogliere.
Unripe tomatoes are green, don’t pick them up.

Ho preparato dei pomodori ripieni per cena.
I made some stuffed tomatoes for dinner.

Pomodori in scatola
Canned tomatoes
Literally: Tomatoes in a box

Pomodori a fette
Sliced tomatoes


Verbs for tomato in Italian

You can…

tagliare
cut

affettare
slice

fare seccare
dry out

raccogliere
pick up

fare maturare
ripen

cuocere
cook

Oggi piove, non posso fare seccare i pomodori.
It rains today, I can’t dry the tomatoes.

Come si fanno maturare i pomodori?
How do you ripen tomatoes?

If people are angry enough at you, they can also tirare (throw) un pomodoro at you…

Pomodori a fette
Sliced tomatoes

Other collocations for tomato in Italian

Salsa di pomodoro
Tomato sauce

Passata di pomodoro
Tomato sauce
Literally: Tomato puree

Sugo di pomodoro
Tomato juice
Literally: Tomato juice

Conserva di pomodoro
Tomato juice
Literally: Tomato compote

Concentrato di pomodoro
Tomato paste
Literally: Tomato concentrate


Common sayings with tomato in Italian

Diventare rosso come un pomodoro
To get as red as a tomato
Meaning: To blush


Usage examples of tomato in Italian

Su questa pizza c’è troppa passata di pomodoro.
There’s too much tomato sauce on this pizza.

Simone è diventato rosso come un pomodoro per l’imbarazzo.
Simone got as red as a tomato because he was embarassed.

I pomodori acerbi sono verdi e hanno un brutto sapore.
Unripe tomatoes are green and have a bad taste.

Pomodori verdi fritti alla fermata del treno
Fried green tomatoes (movie title)
Literally: Fried green tomatoes at the train stop


What next?

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