Friday, March 27, 2009

Tomatoes




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.

2 comments:

Mawar said...

Prof Purplemelastoma
i realized what tomato offers us. i was attached to tomato before. and doctor easily cld traced me too much of tomatoes and asked me to stop from taking it. and i started to learn not to be an extremist!

purplemelastoma said...

Dr. Mawar,

Each substance has optimum concentration or amount at which it gives maximum effect and benefit. Taking it in too little amount will lead to minimal effect, while taking in too much will reslut in harmful effect.