The peach of the wolf
Tomatoes are the No. 1 vegetable in the world despite the fact that they are berries. The botanical classification is lycopersicum and means wolf's peach.
Nature invented them in the Peruvian Andes where the Spanish conquistadors conquered them and brought them home to mama, but it took western civilisation about two hundred years until it was discovered that tomatoes were not as poisonous as some aristocrats thought. As soon as this news spread, tomatoes ascended to one of the main ingredients in the French revolution, in Mediterranean cuisine, in pizza - and all over the world.
Small wonder: if you grow tomatoes you always end up having too many.
Paint it red
Tomatoes have a lot of great properties. They are healthy for your heart and blood and have an incomparable nice, slightly tart taste. But what's more important is their colour.
Most dishes would look dull without the natural tomato-red. So if you use tomatoes almost like a painter, you're on a fascinating route to becoming a colourful and tasteful cook. Mix in a tomato or at least just a touch of tomato paste, into almost any sauce or mixed vegetables and it gets better. Which is in most cases effectively done by the support of your Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender.
The anti-stress Gazpacho
American scientists from Tufts University found out that a cup of Gazpacho a day lowers typical stress symptoms in your blood. They noted that the positive effects presumably are a result of tight collaboration of the several ingredients like cucumber, onion, garlic, sweet pepper, olive oil, and spices.
Using your Braun Multiquick 5 hand blender, with its ability to easily transform any firm ingredients into something smooth, it will not cause you any hassle to prepare your own Gazpacho, or another creative new tomato drink.
No fridge, please
Here are two points that are good to know:
Do not use aluminium pots when cooking tomatoes since their high acid content will interact with the metal, affecting taste and health.
And never freeze fresh tomatoes. Their taste is sensitive to cold so that you should store them at room temperature. However, when cooked, you might freeze the food for future enjoyment.