Healthy Food Database
Tomatoes are descended from the wild tomato that grew in the lower Andes over two thousand years ago. The tomato is related to the deadly nightshade family along with potatoes and tobacco. Truss tomatoes have a smooth, glossy skin and juicy flesh containing numerous soft, edible seeds. They are bought with wine still in tact.
Tomatoes are rarely categorised by variety but distinguished by mainly by shape.
Truss tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes.
Tomatoes will continue to ripen off the vine but the flavour is compromised.
Note: the salicylate content in fresh tomatoes is relatively low, but canned tomatoes and processed tomato sauces have high levels of this compound.
In Season: Summer Autumn
Use your nose as a guide. A flavoursome tomato will smell rich and woody. Look for firm, taut skin but don't be put off by an irregular shape or the odd brown scar.
Store at room temperature to ripen over a few days. Ripe tomatoes should also be kept at room temperature and used in a couple of days. If very ripe, store in the fridge but use as soon as possible. Rest refrigerated tomatoes at room temperature for 1 hour before using.
Tips & Tricks:
Delicious sliced and served at room temperature with good olive oil, salt and a good amount of crushed garlic and black pepper.
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Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*
* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.
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