Web Stories – 8 Health Benefits of Tomato
Native to South America, tomatoes belong to the nightshade family of fruits. The family includes chilli peppers, potatoes, eggplant, and other familiar vegetables. Lycopersicon esculentum is its scientific term. This exotic vegetable is grown and stays available for consumption in all seasons. Even with its botanical classification as a fruit, it is commonly consumed and served as a vegetable. Tomatoes are the primary source of lycopene, an antioxidant associated with various health advantages, including a lower risk of heart disease and cancer. In addition, they have vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K in abundance.
The first instance of tomato cultivation was by the Aztecs way before the Spanish introduced it to the world. People grow and cultivate them in different ways as per demand. Therefore, it varies in size, colour and cultivation methods. In addition, it can be organic, hybrid or modified as per preference. Tomatoes are typically red when fully mature, but they can sometimes be yellow, orange, green, or purple. Furthermore, there are numerous subspecies of tomatoes, each having its shape and flavour.