Facts you probably have never learned or heard of about tomatoes:

  • Tomatoes are known for their outstanding antioxidant such as lycopene
  • There are hundreds of different tomato varieties.
  • Tomatoes are fruits because they contain seeds.
  • Due to their beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene, tomatoes also prevent chronic disease and deliver other health benefits
  • Tomatoes decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer goes down.
  • Most tomato varieties are red although other colors are possible including green, yellow, orange, pink, black, brown, white, and purple.
  • Tomatoes are the fruit of the tomato plant.
  • They originated in the South American Andes around the area of modern day Peru and was first used as a food by the Aztec’s in Southern Mexico.
  • Tomatoes are good for you skin
  • Tomatoes help maintain your bones
  • Tomatoes are good for your eyes and kidneys

Recipes using Tomatoes:

1) Roasted tomato soup

Place 1kg halved roma tomatoes and 1 bulb unpeeled garlic on a baking paper-lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil. Roast at 180C/160C fan-forced for 40 minutes. Peel garlic, discard skins. Process tomato, garlic and 1/2 cup torn basil. Strain into jug. Cook 1 chopped onion until soft. Add 1/3 cup tomato paste, cooking for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups chicken stock and tomato mixture. Bring to the boil. Serve.

2) Tomato and prosciutto pizza

Spread pizza bases with pizza sauce. Top with thinly sliced vine-ripened tomatoes and halved grape tomatoes. Tear slices of prosciutto into pieces. Arrange on top of tomato. Sprinkle with pizza cheese. Bake at 220C/200C fan-forced for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh basil.

By Dana Kosber