Tomato

All year round

The Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), is an annual plant of the Solanaceae family, whose fruits have a characteristic red colour and are widely used in the food industry in many countries of the world. The tomato is called "the emperor of the world vegetable gardens", due to its goodness and for the innumerable beneficial properties. Although a relative late-comer in Italian cuisine, compared to other vegetables imported from the Americas, it quickly became a staple of the Mediterranean diet. There are different varieties of tomatoes that differ in shape and consistency. Amongst the most common we find:

 Cherry Tomatoes

 

The fruit is very compact, small in size and which resemble cherries, also due to the intense red colour. Their use is really varied - they can be used as an appetiser, to dress pasta or rice, in salads either whole or cut in half, roasted, cooked in the oven, added to soups or sauces. They are also excellent as a pizza topping. In addition, the cherry tomato can also be consumed as a fruit because its pulp is particularly sweet. Read more...

 

Beef Tomato

One of the best-known tomato varieties is called the "Beef Tomato", appreciated for its characteristics of taste as well as for its typical external appearance. It is a quality with large berries, ribbed with a weight that can exceed 300 grams, of a generally pale red colour that sometimes turns to orange, characterised by a thin skin and firm pulp. The beef tomatoes are picked from the plant when fully ripe and are typically used in salads. They can even be dressed without using salt, so full is the flavour. Read more...

 

 Datterino Tomato

The datterino is a small tomato variety with an elongated shape, a characteristic that renders it similar to a date ('dattero' in Italian). Compared to other types of tomatoes, it is distinguished by a high sugar content that makes it particularly tasty. Despite being low in calories, it still has a very intense flavour and can be eaten raw or cooked. The datterino tomato is an essential ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. In fact, it is not only used for the preparation of sauces, but its peculiar sweetness makes it perfect as a condiment for many dishes. Read more...

Oblungo Salad Tomato

The fruit is characterised by a very high uniformity, with a very thick pulp and an excellent presentation in a whole range of colour shades from veraison to full red maturation. During this period, the product maintains its characteristics of consistency, preservability and resistance to "dispersion", requisites that give the ripened fruits a good post-harvest conservation and a high resistance to transport. A symbol of the summer season, the oblungo tomato can be consumed all year round thanks to its extraordinary properties. This fruit should be included in all diets to prevent heart diseases and is also used as a natural medicine. Read more...

 Piccadilly Tomato

Piccadilly is a small tomato, which grows in clusters of 8-12 fruits weighing 30-50 grams each. It is an excellent tomato for preparing sauces since the peel amalgamates with the pulp during the cooking process, meaning there is no need to pass through a vegetable mill. The colour of the Piccadilly is of a beautiful bright red, and is easily preserved. A bunch can be kept hanging in a dry place even for 4-6 weeks, with the taste remaining unaltered. Read more...

 

Round Cluster Tomato

An innovative tomato variety that is strong and which can withstand various environmental adversities. A plant with good vigour having short internodes, being very productive and rustic with regular and uniform bunches of 6-8 fruits with robust rachis. The average size of the tomatoes is 130-140 grams. The bunch can be harvested both red and/or green. It has an excellent consistency and tolerance to cracking, characteristics that allow for long shelf life post-harvest. Intended for consumption whilst fresh and in preserves. Recommended in the kitchen for the preparation of pizza sauces, bruschetta, caprese salad, wraps, meat sauce for lasagna. Read more...

 

Round Salad Tomatoes

The round salad tomato has very deep ribs, a flattened shape and excellent flavour. When fully ripe, it achieves a beautiful bright red colour with very thick pulp. It is very rich in vitamins and minerals and is ideal for those who do sports because, thanks to a high concentration of potassium, it prevents muscle cramps. Read more...

Conservation

Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes should never be put in the fridge. The best way to stop tomatoes from spoiling and rotting, whilst also maintaining their nutritional characteristics unaltered, is to keep them somewhere with temperatures higher than those of the refrigerator. According to experts in the field, it is advised to store tomatoes in a ventilated container or leave them on the kitchen counter. 

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Interesting Fact

The tomato contains certain quantities of vitamins: B vitamins, ascorbic acid, vitamin D and, above all, vitamin E, which provide the tomato with the known antioxidant and vitaminising properties. The mineral component is rich: iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and calcium associated with citrates, tartrates and nitrates act in synergy, ensuring re-mineralising and anti-radical properties. They also contain, in lower percentages, organic acid content, such as malic, citric, succinic and gluteninic, useful for promoting digestion. The tomato is also excellent for its refreshing and depurative effect, useful for eliminating excess waste. This property is enhanced by the presence of sulfur, thanks to its detoxifying capabilities.

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Food Fairs

Sagra del Pomodoro (Tomato Festival) in Croce - Monte Colombo, Rimini

In an authentic context such as that of the town of Croce, surrounded by the most untouched nature so as to be listed amongst the places most suited to organic farming in the province of Rimini, on the first Sunday of August, space is dedicated to the land and one of the ingredients of the summer, the tomato. (Source: seidiriminise.it)

Sagra del Pomodoro (Tomato Festival) in Borgoricco (PD)

Food stands offer rich tomato-based dishes. The festival takes place in July.

Festa del Pomodoro di Pachino IGP (Pachino IGP Tomato Festival) in Marzamemi (SR)

The Festa del Pomodoro di Pachino PGI in the seaside village of Marzamemi (SR), takes place in August with tastings, tournaments and shows.

Nutritional summary for 100 g of product

Calories
18 Kcal
Protein
0,88g
Carbohydrates
3,89g
Sugars
2,63g

Source: nut.entreca.it

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