Tomato – Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit(berry). Wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad.

There was a Supreme Court case in USA in 1893 where an importer wanted to avoid duty and fruit was without tax. He lost with the Court deciding its use entitled it to being a vegetable.

They are native to South America¬† and cultivated there since ancient times. The Spanish conquistadors bought then across the Atlantic and planted them in Morocco and from there the Italians took them as their own (and developed them). Again like red peppers, they arrived back in America via Europe in the late 1700’s.

Ayurveda is cautious about tomatoes and they can aggravate Pitta. Useful to lower blood pressure and cholestrol.

If to be cooked it is better to remove the skin first by blanching in boiling water for 10 seconds.

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