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Surprising Facts about Tomato

1. Tomato is a fruit.

Although many people believe that tomatoes are vegetables, they are actually fruits.

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2. Italian in Origin ? No !

Although popular as an ingredient in Italian cuisine, tomatoes are originally native to the western side of South America. However, it was first cultivated in Mexico; and it was through Colombus that seeds were first introduced to Europe.

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3. Antioxidant Powerhouse.

Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. They are antioxidants that are instrumental in neutralizing free radicals known to potentially damage cells, which can increase inflammation and the progression or severity of disease.

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Diets high in these antioxidants have been shown to help reduce the risk or severity of all of these illnesses. Lycopene, especially, helps protect cells from oxygen damage and heart disease.

4. Best for Prostate, Colon and Pancreas.

Although tomatoes are great cancer fighters in general, they are specifically known to promote prostate and colon health. Further, a study published in The Journal of Nutrition showed that those consuming a diet high in lycopene had a diminished risk for pancreatic cancer.

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5. Organic Matters

In tomatoes, research has shown that organic tomatoes and organic tomato products provide a much greater dose of lycopene than non-organic.

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6. Fiber Factor.

Tomatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

7. Canned isn’t so Bad.

Although natural is the best – or right off the plant – when it comes to eat fruits and vegetables…One can get behind canned tomato products.

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As a matter of fact, some believe that canned products are better than fresh whole tomatoes because the nutrients are higher in concentration than the fresh fruit.

8. Every Color of the Rainbow.

Tomatoes come in every color except for blue! You can find them in red, orange, yellow, green and even purple!

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As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

If you don’t have a good soil for vegetables, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.