Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter tomatoes...

Hmm, tomatoes... lovely fruit, isn't it?
Native to South America, where they are grown as perrenials...
Imagine, tomatoes as perennials... how nice it is to be just harvesting and harvesting the fruits year after year without having to grow them anew each spring...

I have tried growing tomatoes from seeds...
This coming season, think I shall just 'cheat' and buy a tomato seedling or two...
I can then try to propagate them by plucking off the ''babies' that develop from the main stem...


Tomatoes are supposed to be very rich in lycopene...
Lycopene? huh? as I mumbled to my missus... 
This is the first time I am seeing such a word, as with the term anthocyanins...

You don't know? She said, looking quite surprised... All Japanese people know this... she joked, and added that she first learned about the lycopene about 30 years ago... 

Yeap, I am still learning... and apparently, lycopene is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants... among the medical effects are that they have anti-cancer properties and they help to improve the skin's ability to protect against harmful UV rays, among others... 

Anyway, harvested the last of the tomatoes during the early part of January just before the frost came in...
The ripe ones were delicious enough, and the green ones, weighing about a kilogram, turned into exquisite chutney at the snap of my missus' fingers...

Cloves, mustard seeds, cinnamon, brown sugar, a tinge of salt... cardamon, dry as well as fresh chillies, and of course how can we leave out the vinegar... hmmm, lovely...

Am linking this post to Harvest Monday...