“Tomato And Its Variant Affair”

8 04 2013

Remember Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara- the la tomatina festival’??

Tomatoes here and tomatoes there, painting the heads red and slipping down the toes, but that is how ‘Mr. Tomato’ is!

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Bunch Of Tomatoes

Available generally in red and ripe green colors  never did anyone even think that it would become an indispensable part in cooking  all other vegetables. With all its benefits, it had to !!

Apart from enhancing flavor, it brings in the much needed tangy taste, adds to the aroma and the vegetable turns out to be sizzling hot and blushing red!!!

All thanks to Mr.Tomato!


Hot Tomato soup

The most interesting part is the origin of tomatoes! Any Guesses??

It’s The United States Of America. It spread around the world following the Spanish Colonization of America. While botanically it falls under the category of a fruit but it is treated as a vegetable for culinary purposes. Tomatoes are now grown and eaten around the world. It is used in diverse ways. And perhaps from here the journey starts wherein the tomato purees, baked and fried tomatoes and varied chopped tomatoes are used to make other preparations.


Breathe easy!

Even an ardent diet follower would not fall in for a green-leafy salad till his/her eye catches  the red of tomato- Very Color Of Love! Further, The ketch-ups and the soups; the salsas and the juices, yet interestingly unquestionable is the crowning glory of ‘BLOODY  MARY’ – World’s Most Complex Cocktail, but would hold no importance if  Mr. Tomato is  missing!!


Color of Bloody-Mary is enough to tempt you!

Tomato varieties are roughly divided into several categories, based mostly on its shape and size.

The most common one is slicing or globe tomatoes. Other categories are Beefsteak, Ox heart, Plum, Pear, Cherry, Grape and Campri. Moreover, with so much of usage and specialties, Mr. Tomato is truly termed ‘Dr. Tomato’ as well, owing to its many medicinal properties and supportive metabolic effects. Tomato is the richest source of lycopene which protect against oxidation damage as per various authenticated studies. Tomato consumption has been associated with decreased risk of breast cancer, neck and head cancers as well. Tomatoes, tomato sauces and tomato puree are said to help lower urinary tract symptoms (BHP). Tomato consumption might be beneficial for reducing cardiovascular risk associated with type 2 diabetes well.


Yummy Salad!

Furthermore, tomatoes are now eaten freely throughout the world, and their consumption is believed to benefit the heart, among other organs (no doubt it has to be the matter of heart!!) They contain the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. Lycopene has also been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays, sunburns and helps  keep the skin looking youthful. 🙂

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So all you pretty ladies and foodies, Mystery Solved!

And finally as Love sets everything right so does our Mr. Tomato!!

Eat Tomato, Stay Healthy, and Look Lovely!

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