Tomatoes

By: Krista Hoy

Benafits of eating Tomatoes

  • good for your skin
  • prevent many types of cancers
  • maintain strong bones
  • repair damage caused by smoking
  • provide essential antioxidants
  • good for you heart
  • good for you hair
  • good for your kidneys
  • good for your eyes

Nutrients found in tomates

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K


Minerals

  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Copper
  • Zinc

My Salsa Recipe


Ingredients

  • 2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 serrano chiles or 1 jalapeño chile (stems, ribs, seeds removed), less or more to taste
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of dried oregano (crumble in your fingers before adding), more to taste
  • Pinch of ground cumin, more to taste


Method


1 Start by roughly chopping the tomatoes, chiles, and onions. Be very careful while handling the chile peppers. If you can, avoid touching the cut peppers with your hands. (I often use disposable gloves or hold the peppers with a plastic sandwich bag.) Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after handling and avoid touching your eyes for several hours. Set aside some of the seeds from the peppers. If the salsa isn't hot enough, you can add a few for more heat.

2 Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse only a few times, just enough to finely dice the ingredients, not enough to purée. If you don't have a food processor, you can finely dice by hand.

3 Place in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the chilies make the salsa too hot, add some more chopped tomato. If not hot enough, carefully add a few of the seeds from the chilies, or add a little more ground cumin.


Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_tomato_salsa/#ixzz3tMimVWON

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The history of tomatoes

The species originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Some inresting facts about tomaoes

A 93% of American gardeners grow tomatoes in their yards. Its a fruit. You can find them in red, orange, yellow, green and even purple.