Cherry tomatoes are known to all for its small size.
Indeed, the weight of the fetus is about 25 - 30 grams, that is comparable with large berries. The name received from these tomatoes "cherry", which translated to English means "cherry".
For Sale in food such tomatoes are grown on a commercial scale in Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain, where they usually come to our table.
The first cherry tomatoes withdrawn in 1973 when breeders have slow ripening tomatoes in hot conditions. Since there are many varieties. Different varieties of cherry tomatoes variety of different colors (shades of pink and red to yellow), shapes (elongated, spherical, teardrop-shaped) and tastes. The taste of these tomatoes can be a classic, but there are also sweet dessert varieties of cherry tomatoes, including various flavors of berries and fruits - raspberries, blueberries, melons and others.
Plants of tomato is very decorative, they are even used to decorate gardens and cottages. Cherry tomatoes are tall or undersized. They are well bear fruit in the open ground and in greenhouses, on the windowsill. In the open ground plants can be planted only after the threat has passed the last frost. For cultivation in the indoor environment should choose varieties of cherry tomatoes with the size of the adult shrub up to 40 cm.
Tall tomatoes form a hand up to a meter. On the one hand, on average about 18 fruit matures. From immature fruit, they look like a bunch of grapes is very large. Without the support of such branching plants grow very difficult, as a support usually use thin sticks.
Cherry tomatoes did not tolerate lack of moisture, water them every day requires. It is important to timely harvest, as unripe tomatoes are enough sweet, ripe and usually fall to the ground.
Preparation of cherry tomatoes
Spicy taste of cherry tomatoes appreciated cuisine of different countries, but especially a variety of recipes with cherry tomatoes in an Italian kitchen.
Decorative appearance and taste qualities - the main arguments in favor of cherry tomatoes to eat fresh. They are perfectly suitable for decorating any dish, using them can make delicious salads and snacks. Because of the small size of these tomatoes is often added as a whole, which makes salads unusual appearance. It's a good supplement to meat dishes, pizza.
Cherry tomatoes can be stored fresh for much longer than conventional tomatoes. In addition, they are good pickled, salted. For long term storage they can even be dried and then added as a filling for soups and side dishes.
Useful properties of cherry tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are a source of organic acids, vitamins B, C, E, minerals - calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus and others. The use of cherry tomatoes is in the normalization of metabolism, slowing down aging.
The cherry tomatoes contain lycopene - an organic substance that gives them a red color. Lycopene - a very powerful antioxidant, it is able to prevent the emergence of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, intestines and lungs. A particularly valuable benefit of cherry tomatoes bring in the use of them in cases of cancer of female genital mutilation.
There are observations that cherry tomatoes reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. Since lycopene is fat-soluble substance, for the maximum benefit of cherry tomatoes is better to use them with vegetable oil or sour cream. Characteristically, the heat treatment does not destroy lycopene consisting of cherry tomatoes.
Caloric cherry tomatoes fresh is about 16 kcal per 100 g, pickled about 18 kcal per 100 g of product. It is not surprising, because up to 90% of their structure - water. This low calorie cherry tomatoes allows you to include them in the category of dietary products that can be recommended for obesity and overweight problems.
We know about the property of cherry tomatoes improve mood and counteract depression.
Contraindications cherry tomatoes
Despite all the benefits of cherry tomatoes, they should be consumed with caution for people with ulcerative lesions of the gastrointestinal tract, and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Despite the fact that less organic cherry fruit acids and more sugars as compared to conventional tomato, they can increase the acidity of gastric juice. Usually a day is recommended to use up to 8 - 9 pieces cherry tomatoes.
Drinking cherry tomatoes should be limited and people with significant impairments in metabolism, as well as with a predisposition to allergic reactions.