February 05, 2013

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are the smallest type of all variants of the tomato. This type of tomato is becoming known in the 1800's. Thought to originate from Peru and northern Chile. Cherry tomato size varies from as small as a cherry to a golf ball. Fruit shape from perfectly round to slightly oval. When young, cherry tomatoes have a pale green color, and when ripe the color changed to yellow, orange, or red.

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A Brief History of Cherry Tomatoes

Based on historical records, cherry tomatoes were first cultivated by the Aztecs who brought the tomato seeds from around Mexico. From there cherry tomatoes gradually spread throughout the world. On the other hand, in Greece there is also a tomato plant that is similar to cherry tomatoes. The Greeks called it by the name of Santorini. Santorini seeds carried by a monk who came from Egypt in 1875. Since that this type of tomato has been cultivated intensively.

Cherry tomatoes popularity occurred around the 1900's, when the cherry tomatoes were introduced to America. This type of tomato is often consumed directly because it tastes sweet, or often also used as a mixture in the salad. Type of the most famous cherry tomatoes in America is Sweet 100.

Cherry Tomato Cultivation

Cherry tomatoes suitable for planting in areas with temperatures between 16-27 degrees Celsius and at an altitude of about 600-1200 meters. Cherry tomatoes will be very good if grown in greenhouses with hydroponic systems.

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The fruit is said to have a good quality if it has a smooth skin and a flat color in all parts of the fruit. To maintain a sense of sweet and fresh, it is not advisable to store the cherry tomatoes in the refrigerator.

Although small in size, cherry tomatoes turned out to have no less nutrients than any other tomato. Therefore, tomatoes health benefits can also be obtained by eating cherry tomatoes regularly.

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