“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad”.
Tomato being a fruit is widely used in various preparations like sauces, curry, salad, and even juice. The British call it as
te-may-tou while the North Americans call it as te-meh-toe and the South Americans call it as ta-maah-toe. Not only its various pronunciations from different country is famous but also its tangy sour taste and a bright red color is appealing to many! Tomatoes are native to South America, first grown by Mezo American civilization. The literal meaning of the word TOMATO is ‘swelling fruit’. Lycopene—an active component of tomatoes gives it peculiar features and benefits. Lycopene is one of the most powerful natural antioxidant helping against prostate cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In a 100 gm of tomatoes, 94gm is water, which makes it an excellent source for urinary tract disorders. This water content also makes it easy and quick to cook tomatoes. Tomatoes have good natural acids which when applied on the skin help to protect against UV rays. It can also be used as natural bleach for the skin. Interesting to know, tomato juice is the official state beverage of Oklahoma, USA. Where the world’s heaviest tomato was ever grown weighing 3.1kg!!
“Tomato” in other languages
Here is a quick dip recipe for tomatoes that can be used for literally anything: chips, bread, side accompaniment or even with plain steamed rice. Can be served hot or cold.
2 big tomatoes
4 small green chilies or Jalapeño
Small piece of ginger
1 ½ tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves (optional)
½ tsp turmeric powder
some mint leaves
salt to taste
• Heat the oil in a pan and allow the mustard seeds to splutter. Add ginger, chili, curry leaves.
• Blenderize the tomatoes and add to the pan, sauté for a few min and add turmeric, salt and mint leaves and half glass water.
• Cook on low flame until it becomes thick.