Name (common): Tomato

Botanical name: Lycopersicon esculentum


General description:

Tomatoes are usually associated with Italian cuisine, though they are originally native to areas of South America. The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are also believed to be part of tomatoes' native area. 


Functions and general science:

Tomatoes are known for their antioxidant content, including their concentration of lycopene. Other key antioxidants include lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.

Tomatoes are also an excellent source vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum and vitamin K. They are a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E and phosphorus. The also contain chromium, pantothenic acid, protein, choline, zinc and iron.


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