Things for which I am grateful #49/365

The Tomato.

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I can’t get enough of them. I can eat a punnet of cherry tomatoes like my kids eat a bag of Haribo’s. To get an image of me devouring a pot of semi-sunblushed tomatoes, simply think of Homer Simpson when confronted by a box of Krusty Kremes.

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Not a day goes by where I don’t indulge in this manna from the gods. Whether in a sandwich for lunch or in a curry for dinner.

I know everyone associates them with Italian cooking, but they’re actually from South America and were brought over to Europe by those murdering Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. (Not to be confused with those murdering Brits who landed further up the east coast a hundred years later.)

Apart from tasting great, they’re not too shabby on the health front either. They contain carotene lycopene which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. I have no idea what that sentence means, but it sounds pretty impressive.

Toms are meant to be good at preventing prostate cancer; protecting the skin against harmful UV rays; help keep skin looking younger, (I am living proof that this fact is incorrect); contain vitamins C and A; are associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer; reduced risk of head and neck cancers; protect against neurodegenerative disorders; reduced cardiovascular risks and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Which is all well and good, but it’s not top of mind when I’m mopping up my puttanesca sauce with a hunk of ciabatta.

Now, to whet your appetites with some tomato-based food porn.

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