10 interesting facts about Tomatoes

10 interesting facts about Tomatoes: –

Tomatoes have been the cure for every skin problem since ages. It’s the main ingredient of every kitchen recipe. There’s no substitute for the flavor it lays out in every dish.

Did you know?
Tomato is a fruit but is massively classified as a vegetable. This is justified by the statement that a vegetable is defined as the stem, root or leaf part of a plant, whereas a fruit is the edible part with seeds. By this definition, tomatoes fall in this category.

Origin of Tomato: –

It originated from western South America and Central America. The English word ‘tomato’ derives from the Spanish word ‘tomate,’ which in turn comes from the Mexican word ‘tomati.’ The early Aztecs in thin temperate areas originally grew numerous varieties of tomatoes. Temperate climates are the most suitable for cultivation of tomatoes because the green houses allow their production throughout the year.

top view of ripe fresh tomatoes

Nutritious ingredients of tomato: –

⦁ Lycopene- This is the red pigment which works as an antioxidant and imparts significant benefits on health. It is said to have a contribution to reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.
⦁ Vitamin C- works miraculously as an antioxidant and as an essential nutrient.
⦁ Potassium- It’s significant for heart disease prevention and controlling blood pressure.
⦁ Folate- It plays a significant role in cell functioning and tissue growth.
⦁ Vitamin K1- Plays important for bone health and blood clotting.
⦁ Beta Carotene- The pigment or antioxidant responsible for providing yellow or orange tint to your food.
⦁ Chlorogenic Acid- it’s known to be a strong antioxidant compound. Studies have shown that Chlorogenic acid can be responsible for reducing blood pressure.
⦁ Water- 95%
⦁ Carbohydrates
⦁ Fiber
⦁ Carbs (although it’s present in low content and that also consists mainly of insoluble fibers and simple sugars)
So, it’s clear from the chart that tomatoes are mainly made up of water.

Important details about tomato: –

  • Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Plant Type: Fruit
  • Soil in which it grows: Sandy to heavy clay.
  • Blooming time: During summer (Grown between March-June)
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Sun exposure period: Six to eight hours
  • Color of seed: Red to Yellow

Surprising Fun facts about Tomatoes: –

⦁ An Astronaut fruit-

During a mission ‘Tomatosphere I, II, III, IV experiments, Tomatoes travelled the outer space. Scientists were trying to figure out the effect of outer space on its seed growth and development.

⦁ Massive varieties of tomato-

There are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes available. But amongst them, seven categories are the most popular ones. They are: – Cherry tomatoes, Grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, Beefsteak tomatoes, Heirloom tomatoes, Tomatoes on the vine and green tomatoes.

⦁ Vegetable or fruit: –

Most of you must be familiar with this basic ingredient used in every dish as a vegetable. This led to the notion amongst common people that tomato is a vegetable and not a fruit.

⦁ Are tomatoes always red? –

Before answering that, you need to know that the carotenoid responsible for red coloration of tomatoes is lycopene. Did you know that there are purple, black, yellow, pink and even white shades of tomatoes available.

⦁ Largest producer in the world:-

China contributes to the maximum production of tomatoes which is around a quarter of world’s total production. USA and India are on the second and third ranks respectively. It makes an approximate of 61,631,580 tones of tomato production per year.

⦁ Boosts heart health:-

In today’s world where heart diseases are so common in every age group, tomatoes are a boon. Potassium (K) is found in abundance in tomatoes. It works wonderfully in lowering blood pressure. This is the main reason that it prevents cardiovascular issues pretty well.

⦁ ‘Tomato’ came from:-

There’s a Spanish word tomate, which came from the Aztec language, word tomatl. The word ‘Tomato’ is derived from there. Tomatoes are enriched with ripe, succulent and juicy essential nutrients.

⦁ Tomatoes are healthy or poisonous: –

British people used to consider tomatoes poisonous. It was because of their similarity with wolf peaches. Wolf peaches are toxic hallucinogenic nightshades which look quite similar to tomatoes. That’s the reason they were not consumed by the rich until the 1800s.

⦁ Guinness World Record on tomatoes: –

Tallest Tomato plant record is for a plant of 19.8m height. It was given on 11th May 2000. The plant was grown by Nutri culture Ltd, Lancashire, UK.

⦁ Guinness World Record for heaviest Tomato: –

The heaviest Tomato weighs around 3.51 kg (7 lb to 12 oz). It was grown by G. Graham in 1986, who belongs to Oklahoma, USA.
Guinness World Record for most harvested tomatoes from a single plant- Can you imagine how much that tree would weigh which produces over 32,195 tomatoes. At the Epcot Science Project in Walt Disney World Company, Florida, USA, there’s this tomato plant weighing 522.464kg. This weight is approximately 1151.84 lbs. This tree has this Guinness World Record on it.

DIY Skincare with tomatoes revealing miraculous results: –

Tomatoes are a real wonder for the skin mainly because of the amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin A it contains. Social media influencers, dermatologists, skincare brands and doctors everyone believes in the tomato magic. There are endless videos on various homemade skincare remedies using Tomatoes. Let’s learn about top 5 of them: –

⦁ Tomato +Milk pack-

Ingredients- 2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp tomato puree
This pack can be used for daily purposes. Use a cotton pad and dab it in the mixture. Cleanse your skin with this mixture. It will remove all the dirt from the skin surface. Use a face pack later on: –
Ingredients- 2 tbsp besan
1 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbsp milk
Keep the consistency and thickness according to your needs. Leave it on skin for 10-15 mins. Remove it later on with the help of moist soft cloth. Use a serum or lotion afterwards, according to your convenience. You will get instant glowing skin afterwards.

⦁ Tomato + Honey-

Ingredients- 3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp tomato puree
This face pack is perfect for people with dull and blemished skin. Mix them perfectly and spread it on your skin like a sheet mask. Leave it to dry for at least 15-20 mins. The thin consistency will prolong the drying process.

Wipe it off your skin with a wet towel. You’ll be left with instant brightness and reduced blemishes. This face pack also helps in skin tightening and provides even skin tone.

⦁ Cucumber & Tomato + Oats-

Oatmeal absorbs the excess oil from the skin. Using this property, you can definitely use this face pack for oily skin. It’ll brighten, lighten as well as tighten your skin.

Ingredients- 1tbsp cucumber juice
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp oats

Gently massage it first. Apply this face pack on your face for a minimum of 15 mins. Then rinse your face off using some cold water. Your skin will tighten, and you will feel a radiant glow.

⦁ Papaya + Tomato-

Ingredients- 2 tbsp of mashed papaya
1 tbsp of tomato puree
Apply this mixture on your face. Leave it for at least 15 mins. Let it dry a little. Then wash it off with a glass of lukewarm water. You’ll notice a natural glow on your skin. Papaya provides instant nourishment and tomato helps in reducing the blemishes.

This one is a perfect remedy for skin tightening, whitening and brightening.

⦁ Lemon+ Tomato + Gram flour

Ingredients- 3 tbsp tomato puree
½ tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp gram flour
If you have dry skin, you can skip mixing gram flour in it. The remaining lemon and tomato mixture will have slimy consistency. Apply it evenly with a brush. If you have blemishes and tanning on your skin, adding Gram flour to the paste will do wonders. Gram flour adds thickness to the paste. It will instantly tighten and brighten the skin.

Apply the paste and leave it on for at least 15 mins. Wash it off with lukewarm water by gentle massage with your fingertips. You can also use a soft cotton cloth to wipe it off gently.

Tip to remember: –

If you are using gram flour, don’t let the mixture dry completely. It’ll leave wrinkles on the skin and might strip off moisture from it. Let it dry until your skin starts to feel tightened. Then wash it or wipe it off, according to your convenience.

La Tomatina –

A massive food fight organized in Bunol, Spain every year. The festival began with a dispute between two young farmers. It then escalated into a huge food fight in the town’s main plaza. Every year, this festival is organized on the last Wednesday of August. Over 22,000 participants take part in this. Six trucks drive through the town’s main Street to deliver over 160 tons of tomatoes.

The local stated, “During that hour, and of course, being respectful with everybody, everything is allowed.” In the past when you saw a neighbor, you would think to yourself, I’m going to throw a tomato at him at the next Tomatina. That’s the kind of freedom you have in this festival.”

This festival isn’t a whole day celebration. Rather, it starts with a gunfire at around 11am and ends with another gunfire at 12pm.

There are certain guidelines to be in the CELEBRATION:

⦁ There are entry tickets for it. Only 22k tickets are allowed to be sold, that’s the maximum limit of the crowd there.
⦁ You can’t tear each other’s clothes there.
⦁ You can’t throw anything else at anyone but tomatoes.

Climatic requirements and cultivation practices for TOMATO: –

⦁ It’s a warm season crop.
⦁ It requires an average temperature of 210°C to 230°C on a monthly basis.
⦁ Heavy rainfall and long Dry spells deteriorate the growth and fruiting of tomatoes.
⦁ They grow in Sandy to Clayey soil, i.e., practically all soils.
⦁ Tomatoes need a soil pH range of around 6.0 to 7.0 to grow.
⦁ They can grow in any season but not the frosting ones.
⦁ Treat the seeds with Trichoderma. It avoids damping off disease. Dry those treated seeds in shade for a timespan of 30 minutes. Then sow them sparsely at a depth of ½ cm, cover it with topsoil.
⦁ They need careful irrigation, the right amount of water and at the right time. If you dry out the soil and then provide heavy water to it, it’ll lead to cracking of fruits.

This was a little briefing about our little juicy fellow. Be it the nutritional benefits or DIYs, they rock in everything. Buy them from our website for an easy & convenient doorstep delivery.

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