There are about ten thousand varieties of this fruit originating in South America and known in Europe since the 1500s. Originally, the tomato was yellow and sour, and it was cultivated only for ornamental purposes and consumed only cooked.
Today the tomato is one of the most cultivated vegetables in the world. In the region of southern Italy, which have the ideal conditions for the production of sweet tomatoes, it has become a protagonist of the culinary tradition.
The tomato is rich in water (94%), mineral salts (potassium in particular, but also magnese, phosphorus, copper, calcium, and iron), vitamin E, group B vitamins, folate, K and C together with fibers.
Moreover, the red color of the fruit is due to a powerful antioxidant, lycopene, which is found in the peel.
It has very few calories, 100 grams of tomatoes contain less than 20 calories, and is therefore an excellent food in slimming diets, especially if eaten raw.
Tomato is the winning solution for a thousand recipes!