“Tomatoes are fruits and not vegetables.” You might have heard this from a number of people. Well, it is true as tomato though put together with other culinary vegetables, is in fact a berry-type fruit. It is red inc color (obviously), but comes in many other variant species too. Tomatoes originated in the Central and South American regions, just like the potato, and was spread throughout the world after the Spanish Inquisition of the Americas. Today, tomatoes are the most widely used ingredient around the world. Whether eaten raw or cooked tomatoes are a rich source of one of the most powerful antioxidants called lycopene. It also include other antioxidants and carotids. Widely used in curries, salads, sauces, and the most common being tomato ketchup (in all its variants). Many tribes in the Americas believed that tomatoes were divine fruits and consumption of their seeds would please the gods.
Tomatoes are mostly used for cooking, but there are other used for tomatoes as well. Beauty, health, and natural dyes, are the other sectors where tomatoes are used in abundance. Here are two ways in which you could use tomatoes at home:
Caprese stacks are an amazing dish that can be made easily and are an amazing thing to serve as a fresh salad with a couple of drinks. It can also fascinate children and is very healthy too. All you need is
- two table spoons of olives (black are preferred)
- two table spoons olive oil
- 3 medium tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 100 to 300 grams of fresh mozzarella
- fresh basil leaves
Stir the olives and oil together in a ball. Cut the tomatoes into round slices and also slice the ball of mozzarella into round slices. Place one slice tomato and then one slice of mozzarella intermittently with basil leaves. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each slice. Drizzle the olive dressing on each stack. Your Caprese Stacks are ready!
Tomatoes are excellent ingredients for making a home made face mask. All you need are tow ingredients. Lemon juice and tomatoes. Blend a tomato into a smooth puree and 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture all over your face. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it with cold water and then pat dry. Apply a drop of olive oil to moisturize the skin.