OriginFor the first time, the ancient Incas and Aztecs began to plant home-grown tomatoes, and later, than it can be supposed, at the beginning of the VIII century. In Europe, these vegetables came eight centuries later.
Initially, the fruits were called "matl", and the familiar name of the tomato was coined by the French. The “tomato”, more familiar to the Russian ear, went from the Italians and is translated as “golden apple”.
But the Italians are not the only ones who compared tomatoes with this fruit. The French called tomatoes "apples of love", and the Germans - "paradise apples".
In Spain, in Valencia, in the last week of summer, a special holiday is held annually - La Tomatina. On it gather tens of thousands of participants for the sake of participation in the battle of tomatoes.
In general, the variety of these vegetables in the size of 10,000 species makes it possible to grow tasty tomatoes weighing from a few grams to 1.5 kg. These are average indicators. The largest grown tomato weighed 2, 9 kg!
BenefitTomatoes are very useful, because they:
- Reduce the risk of developing cancer and diseases of the cardiovascular system;
- Low-calorie and while accelerating metabolism;
- Do not contain cholesterol;
- Rich in vitamins B, A, C and E;
- Favorably affect the condition of the skin;
- They contain lycopene, an important amino acid that is not produced by humans on its own. It protects the body from the effects of free radicals and protects your health.