The tomato

Composed of 95% water, the tomato is ideal for keeping - or finding - the line. It is also rich in vitamins C and E and carotene. All our advice to choose, preserve and cook.

Originally from South America, the tomato is introduced in Europe by the Spanish then baptized pomo d'oro by the Italians who were the first to grow this fruit to consume it.

Tomato: its dietary properties

  • The tomato plays an eminently balanced role in our diet. Very rich in vitamins, including vitamin C, which among other benefits promotes the absorption of iron, it has a good content of B vitamins and trace elements, including iron, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.
  • Low energy with only 3% carbohydrate or sugar, the tomato has only 15 calories per 100 g. It is therefore the ideal vegetable-fruit for all those who watch their line, as long as you do not drown it with mayonnaise.
  • It is also valuable for chronic or transient constipation (as is the case during pregnancy) because its seeds and skin are rich in fiber.

Tomato: choose it well

  • The assurance of its good taste lies in the respect of its seasonality. It's in summer that she gives the best of herselfbut its season extends from March to October.
  • His skin must be smooth and his color regular. Its smell does not tell anything about its maturity.

Well accommodate it

  • The big tomatribbed, fleshy, is perfect to stuff.
  • Small, sweet and juicy, the cherry tomato is the queen of the aperitif. The tomato cluster, firm and fragrant, lends itself well to salads while the'olivette is suitable for pies, pizzas and sauces.

Conserve and consumption

  • Its taste deteriorates in the cool, keep it in a temperate room.
  • If you have a difficult digestion, prefer it peeled and seededeonly skin and grains are irritating. A recommendation that is also valid for babies!

The tomato baby side

  • If you suffer from intestinal irritation, take care to scald the tomato and then peel and seed it to consume only the pulp, which contains mostly pectin. Do the same for the little ones because their digestive system still fragile hardly supports the irritating skin and seeds.

Elisabeth Tzimakas