Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The tomato is known to have been cultivated as a food crop by the Incan civilization, but was believed to be poisonous by many other cultures across the world. In the 1500’s tomatoes were grown as an ornamental plant.

 
In the early 19th century, businessmen realised the great potential of the tomato as a food crop and would eat them in public to prove their safety and goodness. The earliest tomato ketchup recipe was in 1818.

 

Healthy Reasons
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and, unusually, they retain the vitamin C after cooking. Research has shown that people with a higher intake of tomatoes in their diet are at a lower risk of developing certain cancers.
Tomatoes are low in sodium and high in minerals. They are also rich in vitamin A and low in calories.

Try this simple but very tasty tomato treat

Parmesan baked Tomatoes
Ingredients:
Fairly firm tomatoes
Grated parmesan cheese
A handful of fresh chopped basil
A little cooking oil

Method:
1. Preheat oven to gas mark 4 (350F, 180C)
2. Pour a little cooking oil in an ovenproof dish and heat for a couple of minutes in the oven
3. Cut tomatoes in half and place, cut side up, in the dish
4. Sprinkle chopped basil over the tomatoes
5. Top each one with a spoonful of grated parmesan
6. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes until tomatoes are hot through and the cheese has melted.
7. Serve hot

Bon Appetit!

Linda x

P.S. Growing your own organic tomatoes is one of the best things you can do for your family! Grab this growing guide to help you get the most from your crops.

Tomatoes

 

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Happy Gardening!

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