Friday, March 27, 2009
Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) (Family Solanaceae) is a fruit vegetable that is taken fresh as salad or cooked as component of a dish. For example, tomatoes are frequently added to give certain flavour to curry.
In addition to adding flavour, tomatoes provide source of Vitamin A and C. Most important, the fruits contain red pigment called lycopene. Like other carotenoids, lycopene has been shown to be a powerful anti-oxidant. Antioxidants help remove free radicals from the body, thus providing protection against to cancer, cardiovascular (heart) disease and premature aging. It has also been reported that eating tomatoes provide condition for optimal cholesterol levels and healthy immune function.
With the increase in the prices of vegetables, it is a motivation to plant your own tomatoes. Five centimeter tall seedlings can be transferred into a bigger plastic bag, which have been filled with top soil mixed with compost and sand. The plants are left to grow to fruit in the plastic bags themselves. As an alternative, plants that have grown to 2 feet tall (60 cm) can be transferred into the soil. The first method is more appropriate when insect pests are in abundance.