Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the tomato but were afraid to ask is explained on the long-running variety show, “Sekai Marumie Terebi” (The World Fully Exposed on TV; Nihon TV, Mon., 7:56 p.m.), hosted by comedians Beat Takeshi and Joji Tokoro.

Exploring the world through international television programs, “Marumie” looks at the “secret lives” of tomatoes, which have become one of the most common cooking ingredients. A fruit not a vegetable, since it contains seeds, the tomato is believed to have originated in South America where it was mainly utilized for its visual properties as a decoration rather than for its nutritional value.

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