Tomatoes trace back to early Aztecs around 700 A.D and was admired for its beauty by the British, however they believed it was poisonous as it was similar to the wolf peach. Other European countries didn’t adopt the tomato immediately they used it only as a tabletop decoration fruit until late 17th and early 18th century,
An interesting aspect of the tomato history is the debate whether it’s a fruit of a vegetable until the 1800s the tomato was classified as a fruit to avoid taxation until a supreme court ruling that it is a vegetable and should be taxed accordingly.
Tomatoes were added to ketchup in 1834 and Dr Joh Cooke added tomatoes meaning it had more vitamins and antioxidants to the sauce and it was used to cure diarrhea, indigestion, jaundice and rheumatism and later on his sauce was made into extracts of tomato pills.
Studies conducted by Harvard researchers have discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomatoes a week, or the equivalent to 10 slices of pizza, can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent.
Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
Enjoy the health benefits of tomatoes in our OrganicKamdali Tomato and Minestrone Soups.