Tomatoes are a Native American fruit first brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. They were once called Love Apples and it has been speculated by some that they were the forbidden fruit of Eden (among many other possibilities). They were also called “Wolf Peaches” because it was believed that members of the Nightshade family could call up werewolves. Tomatoes placed on the windowsill or on the mantelshelf are said to repel negative energies from the home. If tomatoes are out of season, a fabric facsimile is suitable, like a red tomato-shaped pincushion, for example.
Tomato seeds can be added to love-drawing sachets.
A member of the Nightshade family, tomatoes were once believed by civilized folks to be toxic. They should still be avoided by those who are sensitive to other members of the nightshade family, especially raw.
The nutritional value of tomatoes varies greatly throughout the year. It is best to can them in the summer when they are at their peak nutritional value. Tomatoes do not freeze well, though they can b
e made into sauce and then frozen.
Tomatoes are wonderful raw in sandwiches or salads, roasted, stewed in soups, and pureed in sauces. Green tomatoes are delicious sliced, battered, and fried.
A raw ripe tomato is a good source of vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, and Manganese.
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