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- February Recipes
- Exercise Videos
- Tomatoes - the Original Love Apple
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Our February recipes this month feature the original love apple, the tomato (and one recipe for the tomato dislikers).
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In previous issues we have featured simple exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and without buying fancy expensive equipment. You can view these videos on our Youtube channel.
February is dominated by love. The spectre of Valentine's Day looms large for many people, couple and singles alike. It's not due to love being in the air. More like companies seeking ways to sell diamonds and chocolate. Not that either of those things are necessarily bad. However, if you want to get away from the ever-present chocolate and heart shaped foods this is the place to take a break.
Tomatoes are extraordinarily good for you and can be found in most every cuisine. While tomatoes are in season June to September, you can still find them around in the winter when they can make a very, very, very early Spring treat. A few enlightening tomato facts:
- The scientific name for the tomato is Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means, "wolf peach".
- There are over 10,000 varieties of tomato, these come in a variety of colours including pink, purple, black, yellow and white.
- Eating cooked tomatoes may act as a kind of internal sunscreen, according to researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Newcastle, England, by helping block UV rays.
- Fresh tomato is very rich in potassium. 100 g contain 237 mg of potassium and just 5 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure caused by sodium.
- The largest worldwide producer of tomatoes is China, followed by USA, Turkey, India and Egypt.
- Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit. The government classified it as a vegetable in the late 1800s so it could be taxed under custom regulations.
- Tomato is a cousin of the eggplant, red pepper, ground cherry, and potato.
- Ripen at room temperature until they are brightly coloured and slightly soft. Refrigerating before they are ripe will reduce tomatoes flavour and ability to ripen to their full potential. They can be refrigerated once ripe, but should be left at room temperature for an hour before using.
- Watch your dogs. It was found out that tomato plants can be toxic to dogs if they eat large amounts of the fruit, or chew plant material.
Tomatoes are very versatile and can be prepared in unusual ways:
- Ice Cream
So, the next time you pick up a few tomatoes to add to a sandwich or for a homemade sauce grab an extra few and try one of our February recipes!
Submitted by: Anita Williams