Tomato, Tomato!

Tomato Season

With tomato season now upon us, here are some fab facts about tomatoes, including how to get the best tasting tomatoes! Don’d be dismayed if growing them is not your forte, you can buy delicious, organic tins of tomatoes from Mr Organic.

Four facts you didn’t know about tomatoes:

Tomato size is determined by harvest time

The size of the ripe tomato is usually proportional to the number of days to harvest, with smaller tomatoes taking less time to grow than larger tomatoes. As a result, smaller varieties of indeterminate tomatoes can have a long harvest time, producing tomatoes as early as seven weeks after planting and into the end of the season.

The best tasting tomatoes receive eight hours of sunshine a day

For healthy growth, tomato plants require at least eight hours of direct sunlight a day.  However, the hours of sunlight do not need to be consecutive. This means that tomatoes can be grown successfully in both morning and afternoon sun as long as the number of hours adds up to eight or more. 

Tomatoes can have more nutrients when cooked

Research has showed that cooked tomatoes have much higher antioxidants (specifically lycopene) than freshly picked tomatoes from the vine. This means that our freshly picked, harvested and tinned tomatoes can in fact be more nourishing than a regular tomato.

They can also be called a Wolf Peach!

The scientific name of tomatoes is Lycopersicon esculentum, which translates to “wolf peach”. It stems from old German folklore where it was believed that members of the nightshade family, which includes tomatoes, were used by witches to produce werewolves.

About Mr. Organic

Mr. Organic started with a delicious range of tomatoes, sauces and ketchups all produced in a tomato factory in Pontinia, south of Rome. Situated in the middle of the tomato fields, the tomatoes are brought to the production base by tractor travelling only a short journey – allowing for them to be processed within 5 hours of harvest – the result? Fresher tasting tomatoes with less of a carbon footprint.

Mr. Organic strive to maintain lasting and fair relationships with the farmers so they can guarantee that they know exactly where all of the ingredients come from, ensuring everything is ethically sourced and carefully selected.

Mr Organic has an ever-expanding range of over 80 products that provide great tasting and 100 percent organic and vegan alternatives to kitchen staples and speciality goods, from sun-ripened tomatoes to flavour-packed sauces and spreads, wholesome and nutritious pastas, beans and rice and cold-pressed oils.

To find out more, and to see the range of products available, head to their website.

In the meantime, check out this wonderful Spanish Bean and Tomato Stew Recipe – a perfect dish for a quick dinner or a scrumptious, relaxed lunch. This delicious Spanish bean stew goes perfectly on some lightly toasted bread or even on its own!

Serves 4 people, takes 25 minutes

TomatoIngredients:

2 bay leaves

2 cans of Mr Organic Butter Beans

2 garlic cloves

1 onion

2 cans of Mr Organic Whole Plum Tomatoes

2 large handfuls of Spinach

1 Tbsp Mr Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp sweet smoked paprika

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan and add the onion. Fry the onion whilst stirring continuously for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, bay leaves and paprika into the pan and fry for another minute.
  3. Then add the Mr Organic butter beans and plum tomatoes. Mix all together and add salt and pepper to taste. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Just before the dish is finished, add the spinach and allow it to wilt.
  5. Serve and enjoy!