“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”, Lewis Grizzard
What is Tomato?
Tomatoes, a flowering plant of the nightshade family, are widely grown for their edible fruits. Labeled as a vegetable for nutritional purposes, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and the phytochemical lycopene. The fruit is usually eaten raw in salads, served as a cooked vegetable, used as an ingredient in various prepared dishes, and pickled. Also, a large portion of the world’s tomato crop is used for processing. Products include canned tomatoes, tomato juice, ketchup, and “sun-dried” tomatoes or dehydration pulp.
Many varieties of tomato plants are widely grown globally in temperate climates; greenhouses allow tomato production in all seasons of the year. Tomato plants usually grow to 1–3 meters (3–10 ft.) in height. They are twigs that have weak stems that spread and typically need support. Indeterminate tomato plants are perennial in their native habitat but are grown annually. Tomatoes vary in size depending on the farmer, with a range of 1–10 cm (1⁄2–4 in)) in width.
Tomatoes are an essential source of umami flavor. Tomatoes are eaten in various ways, raw or cooked, in many dishes, sauces, salads, and beverages. While tomatoes are a fruit – botanically classified as berries – they are commonly used as a vegetable ingredient or side dish.
What can I do with fresh tomatoes?
- Make Homemade Bruschetta.
- Make Soup – Raw or Cooked.
- Make Stuffed Tomatoes.
- Make Your Own Dried Tomatoes.
- Make Fried Green Tomatoes.
- Make Roasted Tomatoes.
- Make Pickled Tomatoes.
- Make Homemade Chile Sauce.
Benefits of Growing Fresh Tomatoes
There are several good reasons to try your hand at growing fresh tomatoes:
- save money in difficult economic times;
- reap the satisfaction growing your produce;
- Enjoy the added benefit of knowing that this fruit is also good for your health. Plus, nothing compares to the taste of the homegrown tomato.
With the economy more or less stagnant, people are looking for ways to save money. Growing your own seems like a good option. How difficult is it? Not difficult at all. It is one of the most popular plants in home gardens, and its popularity is increasing more.
Don’t have space for a home garden? Not to worry. By selecting a smaller-type variety, these plants don’t need a lot of space; they can be planted in vessels on terraces or balconies. Your plants need 6 – 8 hours of sunlight daily, the right soil, sufficient water, a slow-acting organic fertilizer, and a container with good drainage.
If you do have space for a home garden, then, by all means, try your hand at growing tomatoes. You DO have to stake, prune, water, and weed. But rather than looking at these as chores, focus on the benefits you’re deriving from this activity: delicious fruit that’s not only tasty but good for you, AND you’re getting your exercise!
Besides the enjoyment of growing your produce and saving money, tomatoes themselves are just plain good. They are sufficient in Vitamins A, B and C, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and naturally low in calories.
They are the best source of lycopene, a bright red carotenoid pigment, and phytochemical responsible for giving tomatoes their bright red color Lycopene – considered to be one of the most potent antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can interfere with healthy cell growth and activities. Free radicals can potentially lead to cancer, heart disease, and premature aging. It is even being studied for the prevention of certain types of cancers, especially prostate cancer. Some of its highest concentrations are in tomato juice, tomato soup, tomato sauce, and ketchup.
The fresh tomato, whether you think of it as a fruit or vegetable, makes any hamburger better. It’s not just right, but good for you.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins.
Just one tomato can provide at least 40% of the recommended daily vitamin C, and what is more, tomatoes offer vitamin A, which promotes immunity, vision, and skin health. Vitamin K is good for your bones. And potassium is an essential nutrient for maintaining heart function, muscle contraction, blood pressure, and fluid balance.
They protect heart health.
Tomatoes carry an antioxidant called lycopene, which is responsible for their red color. Research shows that in terms of heart health benefits, eating tomatoes and tomato products are more effective than taking lycopene supplements. Other studies have found that high blood levels of lycopene are associated with death rates in people with metabolic complex, a group of risk factors that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Boost digestive health
If you are at risk of constipation, the liquid and fiber in tomatoes can be helpful. According to the USDA, a large tomato contains 6 ounces of fluid and 1.5 grams of fiber. Also, be aware that in some people, acidity from cooked tomatoes may trigger or worsen acid reflux and indigestion.
Help with diabetes management.
Tomatoes is a protective food for people with type 2 diabetes: In one study, people with diabetes who supplemented with cooked tomatoes for 30 days experienced a decrease in lipid peroxidation, a chain reaction in which substances called free radicals to attack fat, leading to damage that ups the risk of heart disease. This is particularly important because diabetes doubles the risk of stroke and heart attack.
Is it safe to eat tomato seeds?
Take a look at Tomato seeds, and you will be amazed at the benefits they can give you! Well, these little yet powerful seeds are full of nutrients and one of the healthiest foods around. High in dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, tomato seeds are challenging to digest and are usually eaten after drying. Recently, there have been numerous discussions about whether you should eat tomato seeds or not! As research has shown, they are a healthy alternative to aspirin! First, it was believed that eating tomato seeds could cause appendicitis. Because of these misconceptions, people are doubtful about eating them. These seeds are mighty for overall health and are also suitable for the skin! Here below are some benefits.
Lowers risk of cancer
Various studies have shown that lycopene, the main ingredient in tomatoes, helps reduce the risk of cancer cells. Also, don’t forget to cook the tomato seeds first, as it helps activate the lycopene in them.
Improves skin health
Due to the high quantity of vitamin C in tomato seeds, your skin becomes less sensitive to wrinkles and has a flawless countenance.
Lowers blood pressure
Tomato seeds are rich in many nutrients, and one of them is potassium, which helps the blood vessel walls relax and maintain your blood pressure.
Strengthens immune system
Tomato seeds are a significant source of vitamin C, which is essential for a robust immune system. It is advisable to include a small amount of tomato seed powder in your diet.
Who is the biggest producer of tomatoes?
China is the biggest producer of tomatoes, and it produces 31% of the total production. India and the US are respectively the second and third highest producers of tomatoes in the world.
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Name: Azan Muzamil.
Revised Date: 14-08-2020