The tomato is a very popular vegetable that is used in cooking, making salads, and all kinds of exotic cuisine. As you can see, the tomato is very versatile. You can cook it or even eat it raw. Freeze a tomato and they should last several months. Here are more interesting facts about the tomato.
Did you know that at one time the tomato was considered a fruit? Well, that all changed in 1893 when the United States Supreme Court officially classified the tomato a vegetable.
Even thought the tomato is now classified a vegetable, it is actually part of the berry family. And the tomato is also related to eggplants, bell peppers, and potatoes
Always store your tomatoes with the stem down and they should last much longer. And don't store the tomato on a windowsill in the sun. The tomato will start to lose its Vitamin C and other important minerals and vitamins.
Tomatoes are considered one of the more healthier variety of vegetables because they contain plenty of vitamins and minerals. In addition, they are known as a natural blood cleanser, natural antiseptic, and protect the body against infection. Research also shows that tomatoes prevent diarrhea, fatigue, and hypertension.
Tomatoes should always be left on the vine until they start to turn red for best flavor.
However, if you do pick the tomato off the vine while it is still green, store them with
apples to speed up the ripening process.
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