TOMATOES ON THE VINE

What can be said about tomatoes on the vine that is not known already? They are juicy vegetables that are used in almost all cuisines. Be it in Indian cuisine or salads or continental dishes- they add the perfect amount of tanginess to every dish.

What are tomatoes on the vine?

These are the tomatoes that make every savoury dish great. Bright red and medium sized, they are great for sauces and soups.

 

They are juicy and are great for making soups and salads. You can also have them grilled or stuffed. Their thick skin makes sure they retain a lot of moisture, so you can definitely add them in your cooking for making tasty and thick savoury gravy.

Nutritional value of tomatoes on the vine

As you know, these tomatoes are high on vitamins C and A. Apart from that, they are rich in B vitamins like B6, folate and niacin. They are also rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that is great for the body. They are high on antioxidants, and are cholesterol free. They also have a high amount of fiber.

 

Niacin or B3 deficiency can lead to anemia. In fact, a deficiency in B vitamins has been shown to be related to overall malnourishment. Vitamin B6 is used by the body for amino acid metabolism and it is used for synthesizing many enzymes.

 

Folate deficiency may lead to anemia. This is the reason doctors prescribe folate capsules for pregnant women, lactating mothers or women who wish to conceive.

Why are tomatoes on the vine good for you?

Overall, if you want to fight anemia, tomatoes on the vine should be part of your diet. The vitamin C present in them helps the body absorb iron better. Folate and niacin also reduce the chances of developing anemia.

 

Additionally, vitamin C helps repair damaged tissues, and also helps fight free radical damage so that it prevents tissue degeneration. Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene- which is an antioxidant and slows down cell ageing. It is also good for your heart.

 

Vitamin A is vital for good vision- its deficiency may lead to night blindness. Apart from that, it also strengthens the immune system, and is also vital for body’s growth and development. Being high on fiber, tomatoes are great for those who want to lose weight. They are also cholesterol free, so they help your heart stay healthy.

How to eat tomatoes on the vine?

Tomatoes are versatile. You can add them to salads or any continental dish of your choice. They are also great for making soup- so if you want to make tomato soup, pick up a basket right now.

 

They are also great for making some dips- use them to make that red hot Szechwan chutney to go with momo. At the same time, they are great for making spicy gravy. This makes them a mainstay in Indian cuisine. From your favourite paav-bhaji to dum aloo- they are indispensable for most dishes.

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