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The Wonders of Tomato :: Health Benefits of Tomato

Updated on March 14, 2011

The Wonders of Tomato :: Health Benefits of Tomato

The Wonders of Tomato :: Health Benefits of Tomato. Now we are talking. I never met a person who doesn't eat tomato. Everybody seems enamored with this vegetable because of what it can do as cooking ingredients and part of the menu. Others simply know that it is one of the healthiest vegetable. Tomato is a juicy vegetable that do wonders specifically in the health department. Tomatoes are herbaceous plant.

Tomatoes have different variants with different colors ranging from yellow, orange or red. When ripe they are usually red and juicy plus a little bit softer. Tomatoes are consumed by people all over the world and is part of menu in different cultures. It is very nutritious and rich in lycopene -- which is a good substance in fighting cancer.

Is tomato a fruit or vegetable?

Botanically, a tomato is considered a fruit, it is not sweet that is why it is not considered a dessert. It is part of garnishing and as an addition to the main course. It is a good source of Vitamin C. For cooking purposes it is considered a vegetable. In canning purposes it is considered a fruit as well as it is soft and can easily be processed. Tomatoes are also acidic.

The top producers of tomatoes are : China, US, Turkey India, Italy.

The Wonders of Tomato :: Health Benefits of Tomato

health benefits of tomato

Wonders of Tomato :: Health Benefits of Tomato

  • Tomato is rich in lycopene an anti-cancer and also carotene rich vegetable. The natural components of tomato make a "genetic treasure trove" that produces lycopene, carotene and antioxidants. The research about fruits and vegetables having as cure for cancer is debatable but then eating vegetable and fruits are healthful so it is like shooting two birds in one stone -- eating healthy foods and fighting cancer.
  • What is lycopene? it is a red carotene -- a phytochemical and can be found in some vegetables and fruits like papayas, watermelon and carrots.
  • Tomato is anti aging. Fruits and vegetables are always good to the skin
  • It is rich in Vitamin C
  • It is rich in Vitamin A which is generally good for your eyes

 

Wonders of Tomato :: Health Benefits of Tomato

 
Nutritional value of Tomato per 3.5 oz 
 
Carbohydrates
 
sugar 
2.6 
 
energy  
5 kJ (18 kcal  
 
dietary fiber
1.0
 
fat
.2
 
water
95 g
 
Vitamin C
13 mg (22 percent)
 
protein
1.0
 
Source : Wikipedia
 
 

Unripe Tomato

unripe tomato courtesy of wikipedia
unripe tomato courtesy of wikipedia

Variants of tomato

image courtesy of wikipedia
image courtesy of wikipedia

tomato plants

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image courtesy of wikipedia

Different Uses Uses of Tomato as Cooking Ingredients

The wonders of Tomato : Culinary speaking, tomato can be made into sauce, to garnish, side dish and mixed with main menu

  • It is used as cooking ingredients for fish specially in Asian cuisine to give aroma and neutralize the smell of fish. Tomato is added as cooking ingredient when fresh fish are boiled as a menu
  • It is also used for garnishing and salads
  • It is used as an addition to sandwiches
  • It is used with other meat as garnishing -- as an appetizer
  • Tomato can be pickled
  • Tomato is also preserved by frying in oil and sold int he fresh markets
  • Since tomato is acidic it is good to preserve it lie for example as a paste or sauce.
  • Tomatoes which are unripe can be fried and breaded
  • it is used to make Bloody Mary
  • For Barbecue sauces Fried green tomatoes (food)
  • Used in Gazpacho cuisine of Andalusia
  • Ketchup Pa amb tomàquet (used in Catalan cuisine)
  • Salsa
  • Tomato purée
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato juice
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato pie (common in Italian cuisine)
  • Tomato soup and can be made into Steak sauce

Tomato is a culinary wonder aside from its amazing health benefits

Variants Of Tomatoes

Varieties of tomatoes can be categorized into several variants :

  • based on size and shape
  • purposes

There are almost 7,000 plus tomato varieties

Ther eis a variant which is popualr and this is the heirloom tomatoes. Producers and people who grow it at home are usually fond of it because of its flavor.

List of tomato cultivars

  • Better Boy, Big beef, Brabndywine, cherokee purple, early girl, enhancement, fourtb of july, green zebra, juliet, mortagge lifter, mr srtipey, Roma, stupice, and yellow pear

How to Plant Tomato?

I grew up planting vegetables in your backyard with my mother, tomatoes are one of the vegetables we plant and it is always exciting when you see the harvest and when you see the fruit -- tomatoes and they are ready to be harvested. usually they are still green and you can wait for it to become red or harvest it. Green tomatoes are used in some menu.

Tomatoes are one of the most famous common garden fruits in the United States along with zucchini. For those who are new growers this is easily planted as long as you have the patience to wait.

Spets on how to plant tomato

  • If you want to plant tomatoes in your own backyard, you can either buy a nursery and plant it. Some people used seeds specially if you want to learn from scratch. If you are a beginner it is advisable to plant the ones already bought in nursery.
  • The place should have enough sunlight because tomatoes need sunlight for at least seven hours.
  • Till the spot of land and then put some compost fertilizer for the bedding, there are available compost which are bought for less than ten dollars in 50 lb bag
  • After transplanting the nursery by burying about three fourth of the tomato plant, then you can water it now with a little bit warm water
  • Water it everyday usually in the mornings

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    • nannasplace profile image

      nannasplace 

      7 years ago from united states

      Thanks for the info.

    • TheListLady profile image

      TheListLady 

      8 years ago from New York City

      Another super food and nothing beats the taste fresh out of the garden - wow! I used to grow them and now my daughter-in-law does. I can't wait to start eating. Great photo showing the varieties too.

      Great hub! Rated up and more, of course.

      Always,

      Carolyn (BK)

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      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Voice, I literally crave tomato soup, and I am not surprised that tomatoes are so healthy. Great hub!

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      fantastic great excellent food hub thanks sorry was sick

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      8 years ago from California Gold Country

      One of my favorite things, epecially straight from the garden. I've known a few people who didn't like them. My Dad would not eat a tomato-- though he liked tomato catsup on almost anything.

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