Food Product Highlight

Tomato

January 14, 2015

Product Highlight Tomato

How often do you use this versatile fruit? And do you use the tomato for smoothies? Well, we are going to do just that! But before we give you a great recipe on Friday, let us fill you in on these babies in our new and first Product Highlight of the year!

  • The tomato has been first cultivated in Aztec civilizations most probably in the form of small yellow fruits. The word ‘tomato’ may actually originate from the Nahautl word ‘tomatl’ meaning ‘the swelling fruit’…..
  • In France the tomato is sometimes referred to as ‘pomme d’amour’, meaning ‘love apple’ and in Italy, tomato is referred to as ‘pomodoro’ or ‘golden apple’
  • Lycopene is a flavonoid antioxidant found in tomatoes that helps protect cells in the human body from harmful free radicals. It also protects the skin from UV rays. It is said that cooked tomatoes provide this protection even better, so make that nice pasta sauce already!
  • Antioxidant protection in the form of tomatoe lycopene also have a role to play in keeping your bones and teeth in optimal state
  • The tomato comes in over a thousand different varieties that vary in shape, size, and color. The most common are the small cherry tomatoes, bright yellow tomatoes, Italian pear-shaped tomatoes, and the green tomato

Tip: Tomatoes are sensitive to cold, so store them at room temperature and out of direct exposure to sunlight. They will keep for up to a week.
Tip: To speed up the ripening process, place them in a paper bag with a banana or apple. The ethylene gas that these fruits emit will help speed up the tomato’s maturation.

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