Solanum lycopersicum is its scientific name. Solanum reminds me of Solar or sun, the beautiful tomato-red sun on a beautiful naked morning and ofcourse lycopene is a good thing which saves you from cancer of various sorts. The better part is, on cooking the level of lycopene increases than in raw tomatoes or uncooked ones. Yes I do not like green tomatoes. Tomatoes are an ideal component for all kinds of dishes, savouries and all sorts of things except dessert.I should be dessert hunting with tomatoes on the dessert list next.
Ummm, can chutneys be considered as desserts? Gotta give that one a thought.
Tomatoes are native to South America. The Peru, Mexico zones. No wonder then that the Mexican dishes use a lot of tomatoes in their beautiful spicy dishes. The Spanish colonization of the Americas spread the Tomato-regime all over the world in due time.
Its not for nothing that I called tomatoes the gift of God. The Aztecs in southern Mexico were cultivating and consuming the beauty by 500 BC. They believed that those who witnessed the ingestion of tomato seeds were blessed with Godly powers.
Taste drives people nuts. I am nuts about tomatoes too. I buy my chips in tomato flavour. My ideal lunch is incomplete without some salted and peppered pieces. And I use lots of them when I cook.
When I buy a dog someday, I will name him Tomato. Yeah, if you can call him Tom why not Tom-ato?