Cherry tomatoes are an ideal snack vegetable. The cherry tomato is a tomato the size of a large marble. The cherry tomato quenches thirst, satisfies hunger and is super healthy. Cherry tomatoes are delicious to snack on during the day or in the evening. You can also use these small tomatoes in hot dishes. The advantage is that you don’t have to cut them. Cherry tomatoes taste great when they are cooked in their skins. You can optionally boil them and remove the skin. That takes some work, but it really improves the taste. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.
- Aztec vegetable
- Snack tomatoes: ideal snack vegetable
- Lycopene in tomato
- Super healthy and easy snack
- Healing properties of cherry tomato
- Peeled cherry tomatoes
The tomato is an originally Mexican vegetable. The word tomato comes from the Aztec word tomatl which means swelling fruit. Columbus brought back some vegetables from Mexico including eggplant, corn, potato and tomato. This is how these vegetables were introduced to Europe.
Snack tomatoes: ideal snack vegetable
The cherry tomato is so healthy because you can snack on this nutritious and thirst-quenching vegetable instead of fatty snacks or sweet cakes. In combination with other snack vegetables such as carrots and cucumber, snack tomatoes can quickly make you feel full. It is an ideal vegetable to nibble on while doing homework, reading a book or traveling on the train. In addition, eating every snack vegetable ensures that you consume less fat, which reduces the global problem of obesity.
Lycopene in tomato
Cherry tomatoes are one of hundreds of tomato varieties. The great thing about the cherry tomato is that you only have to wash it and then it is eaten in one bite. The tomato contains the redness substance lycopene, which is also sold as a supplement. Lycopene has a cancer-preventing effect. Prostate cancer in particular is prevented by eating tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are one of the tastiest ways to eat healthy and prevent cancer.
Super healthy and easy snack
For an overview of all the healthy nutrients in tomatoes in general, I refer the reader to the article “The healing power of tomatoes”. It can be added that tomatoes are good for the heart. The phytonutrient that has heart-supporting properties is a glycoside and is called esculeoside A. The flavonoid chalconaringenin is also very healthy for the heart. Science continues to expand knowledge about phytonutrients and the tomato is therefore moving higher on the list of healthiest nutrients.Tomato flower / Source: AndrÃ© Karwath aka Aka, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-2.5)
Healing properties of cherry tomato
The tomato contains a lot of fiber. These promote digestion and therefore also prevent obesity. In addition, due to the presence of antioxidants, tomatoes prevent the arteries from becoming covered in plaque (arteriosclerosis). This prevents diseases such as high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Peeled cherry tomatoes
If you like to surprise guests, you can try peeling cherry tomatoes. You have to peel them just like you would all tomatoes, that is, by throwing them into boiling water for a very short time, say 30 seconds, and then remove their skin by gently pushing the skin off with your hand. Because they are less firm, you can place a piece of cheese, cucumber or celery under the peeled cherry tomato and then stick it on a cocktail stick, or give everyone their own snack fork.Tomato on the bush / Source: Jon Sullivan, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)Cherry tomatoes are among the vegetables that you can grill, but you still have to be careful that they do not fall through the grill. To prevent this, skewer it and grill it briefly.