How Many Calories In A Tomato

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Tomatoes, Tomatoes Tomatoes, Fruit or Vegetable?fruit of vegetable

I asked sciencebob.com, and this is what he said:

To really figure out if a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, you need to know what makes a fruit a fruit, and a vegetable a vegetable. The big question to ask is, DOES IT HAVE SEEDS? If the answer is yes, then technically, (botanically) you have a FRUIT. This, of course, makes your tomato a fruit. It also makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and walnuts all fruits as well. Along with the fruit from a plant or tree, we can often eat the leaves (lettuce,) stems (celery,)roots (carrots,) and flowers (broccoli.) Many of these other parts of the plant are typically referred to as VEGETABLES. Now don’t go looking for tomatoes next to the oranges in your grocery stores; fruits like tomatoes and green beans are usually (alas, incorrectly) referred to as “vegetables” in most grocery stores and cookbooks.

NOW YOU KNOW!

My opinion is it’s a vegetable. I didn’t realize that the U.S. Supreme Court had hearings on this question. Wow. Anyway, it is what it is. What’s important on this subject is how good for you they are, How versatile they are, the many uses of tomatoes span miles and miles. I would like to touch on a few here, from experience.

Last Summer 2014

 I bought a home in June of 2013. I moved there in sept of 2013, so I had to wait till the following year to plant tomatoes. I spent the little time I had for planting in my yard just surveying and planning my next year. I have a small small yard with a big big tree right in the middle of my back yard. So I planned to put a tomato plant next to my dining room window so I could watch it growing.

The first week, my landscape mowers mowed it down. Darn. SO….., not quite giving up yet, I bought a tomato cage and covered the half chopped off plant. If It lives, it lives.  I watched that pitiful plant grow 4 tiny tomatoes, even though it was a beefsteak tomato. I surmised what I did wrong. If you want one tomato plant or 100, they need care.

I love tomatoes in Everything:

If your like me, you always have canned tomatoes ready at all times to throw in dishes that you cook. I hope those canned tomatoes are yours from your canning weekend. If not, store is fine. I try so hard to home can as many as I can. So many ways to can, For my goulash mix, I throw a handful of chopped onions and a hand full of chopped green peppers in with my tomatoes before I seat the lid and cold process my tomatoes.That makes such an awesome goulash as the onions and peppers have time to permeate with the tomatoes. YUMMY. Ill post how to make home canned tomatoes in another post soon. I missed my chance this year so I have to wait till next year. I will buy my bushels of tomatoes from my local farmers market though. You will get a good price on whole bushels andhome canned goodness you will be supporting your local farmer. Win Win.

Care of Your Tomato Plant:

Whether your small scale like me, or large scale. If you are large scale, you don’t need my advice, I need yours. I only know small gardens of tomatoes. I love input from large growers on Organically grown tomatoes. So, if your out there, let’s hear from you.

Where you plant your tomato makes a difference too. they need at least 6 to 8 hours of sun everyday to produce the most amount of tomatoes. They also need a well drained soil. They don’t like soggy.

Soil should be 6 to 8 in the pH. range. 7pH is perfect, slightly acidic. That goes for most of the vegetables in the garden also. pH is a measure of acidic or alkalinity. You can test your soil with an inexpensive kit from your local garden center.

Organic Organic Organic:

I can’t stress enough to please grow all your veggies organically. No pesticides, no Chemicals. By next tomato planting stage for you, I will have everything you need on here to grow organic tomatoes. You will benefit and so will the critters of nature. I am all about nature. I posted an article about chives, It states that if you plant chives near your garden, it will help with pests. I will post more before you get ready to plant so it will all be here in one site to reference to. There are many ways to grow vegetable and flowers without chemicals. Placing plants near other plants has a lot to do with it. Natural pest control. You will find it here so come back when it’s planting time.

Ways to Use Tomatoes:

That could go on to infinity and beyond. Tomatoes fresh, tomatoes cooked, tomatoes sauce, tomatoes salsa. List goes on and on. I will be posting recipes that I love personally and my family loves, and cost saving recipes. I am firm on home canning. It is the very best way to cook.. You know what’s in your jar of tomatoes. NO preservatives to last 100 years after man. We don’t need that many preservatives. If they are natural preservatives, like honey, oh yeah, bring it on.

Looking at a Store bought can of Diced Tomatoes:

I’m reading the can. Ingredients; tomatoes, tomato juice, sugar, sea salt, corn starch, dehydrated onion, vinegar, citric acid, dehydrated celery, calcium chloride, dehydrated garlic.

Looking at home canned tomatoes:

Depending on what I am adding or not adding to my jar of tomatoes, my ingredients would be, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, garlic, sea salt. See the difference? So how many of you are going to can your own tomatoes next year with me?

I will give you all the information I can about home canning:

You can be simple, you can be elaborate. Your choice. I home can to save money and feed my family good wholesome food. The taste is a plus, the savings in cost is a plus, the goodness is a plus. The only real investment you need is canning jars, stock pot and open canning pot. Small tools like tongs, to pull out hot jars. That’s it. You won’t have to buy the equipment again. I know you can find lots of stuff like that at the resale shop, or local discount store. Watch for sales on canning jars. My mom used mayonaise  jars. The lid for canning fit the jar. I don’t recommend it. The quality and durability of the jar is unstable. If it breaks while in its hot water processing, you have a big mess. You will accumulate many many jars of all sizes. Quarts for canning tomatoes and other stuff I might interest you in. Pints for the recipes for tomato side dishes like chili sauce or salsa, which I will also try to get you to try. and lastly, half pints, for jellies and jams. We will get to that also.

Once you start canning you will love it:

If you never canned before, you are in for a treat. Once you do it, you will start looking for other stuff to can. This is where I come in. Ha, I will convert you to love canning. It will open a whole new world of goodness for the body. The food you make yourself is 1000 times better than from a store bought can. The taste makes the work worthwhile. Get your family involved in the process. There’s something for everyone to do in the canning process.

SO……See you next spring when we plan our canning strategies

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The Question: How many calories in a Tomato?

Only 22 calories in one tomato. Amazing. This information came from the Calorie Lab

Tomatoes Calorie Counter

Food Measure Prot Carb Fat Pts Cals
Generic Foods – See Brand Name Packaged Foods Section for Addition Items
Tomatoes, green, raw 1 cup (180.0 g) 2.2 9.2 0.4 0.5 41.4 MORE
1 large (182.0 g) 2.2 9.3 0.4 0.5 41.9 MORE
1 medium (123.0 g) 1.5 6.3 0.2 0.5 28.3 MORE
1 slice or wedge(20.0 g) 0.2 1 0 0.5 4.6 MORE
1 small (91.0 g) 1.1 4.6 0.2 0.5 20.9 MORE
Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average 1 cup cherry tomatoes (149.0 g) 1.3 5.8 0.3 0.5 26.8 MORE
1 slice, thick/large (1/2″ thick) (27.0 g) 0.2 1.1 0.1 0.5 4.9 MORE
1 wedge (1/4 of medium tomato)(31.0 g) 0.3 1.2 0.1 0.5 5.6 MORE
1 slice, thin/small(15.0 g) 0.1 0.6 0 0.5 2.7 MORE
1 NLEA serving(148.0 g) 1.3 5.8 0.3 0.5 26.6 MORE
1 cup, chopped or sliced (180.0 g) 1.6 7.1 0.4 0.5 32.4 MORE
1 Italian tomato(62.0 g) 0.5 2.4 0.1 0.5 11.2 MORE
1 cherry (17.0 g) 0.1 0.7 0 0.5 3.1 MORE
1 large whole (3″ dia) (182.0 g) 1.6 7.1 0.4 0.5 32.8 MORE
1 medium whole (2-3/5″ dia) (123.0 g) 1.1 4.8 0.2 0.5 22.1 MORE
1 slice, medium (1/4″ thick) (20.0 g) 0.2 0.8 0 0.5 3.6 MORE
1 plum tomato (62.0 g) 0.5 2.4 0.1 0.5 11.2 MORE
1 small whole (2-2/5″ dia) (91.0 g) 0.8 3.6 0.2 0.5 16.4 MORE
Tomatoes, red, ripe, cooked 1 cup (240.0 g) 2.3 9.6 0.3 1 43.2 MORE
2 medium (246.0 g) 2.3 9.9 0.3 1 44.3 MORE
1 NLEA serving(121.0 g) 1.1 4.9 0.1 0.5 21.8 MORE
Tomatoes, red, ripe, canned, stewed 1 cup (255.0 g) 2.3 15.8 0.5 1 66.3 MORE
Tomatoes, red, ripe, canned, with green chilies 1 cup (241.0 g) 1.7 8.7 0.2 1 36.2 MORE
Tomato products, canned, paste, without salt added 1 cup (262.0 g) 11.3 49.5 1.2 4 214.8 MORE
1 tbsp (16.0 g) 0.7 3 0.1 0.5 13.1 MORE
1 can (6 oz) (170.0 g) 7.3 32.1 0.8 2.5 139.4 MORE
Tomato products, canned, puree, without salt added 1 cup (250.0 g) 4.1 22.5 0.5 1.5 95 MORE
1 can (29 oz) (401 x 411) (822.0 g) 13.6 73.8 1.7 6 312.4 MORE
Tomato powder 1 100 g (100.0 g) 12.9 74.7 0.4 5.5 302 MORE
Tomato products, canned, sauce 1 cup (245.0 g) 3.2 13.2 0.4 0.5 58.8 MORE
Tomato products, canned, sauce, with onions 1 cup (245.0 g) 3.8 24.4 0.5 1.5 102.9 MORE
Tomato products, canned, sauce, with herbs and cheese 1/2 cup (122.0 g) 2.6 12.5 2.4 1.5 72 MORE
1 can, 15 oz (303 x 406) (425.0 g) 9.1 43.5 8.2 5 250.8 MORE
Tomato products, canned, sauce, with onions, green peppers, and celery 1 cup (250.0 g) 2.4 21.9 1.9 1.5 102.5 MORE
1 can, 15 oz (303 x 406) (411.0 g) 3.9 36 3 3 168.5 MORE
Tomato products, canned, sauce, with tomato tidbits 1 cup (244.0 g) 3.2 17.3 1 1 78.1 MORE
1 can, 15 oz (303 x 406) (425.0 g) 5.6 30.1 1.7 2.5 136 MORE
Tomato products, canned, sauce, spanish style 1 cup (244.0 g) 3.5 17.7 0.7 1 80.5 MORE
1 can, 15 oz (303 x 406) (425.0 g) 6.1 30.8 1.1 2.5 140.3 MORE
Tomatoes, red, ripe, cooked, stewed 1 cup (101.0 g) 2 13.2 2.7 1.5 79.8 MORE
1 recipe yield(604.0 g) 11.8 78.8 16.2 10.5 477.2 MORE
Tomatoes, crushed, canned 1 100 g (100.0 g) 1.6 7.3 0.3 0.5 32 MORE
Tomatoes, orange, raw 1 cup, chopped(158.0 g) 1.8 5 0.3 0.5 25.3 MORE
1 tomato (111.0 g) 1.3 3.5 0.2 0.5 17.8 MORE
Tomatoes, yellow, raw 1 cup, chopped(139.0 g) 1.4 4.1 0.4 0.5 20.9 MORE
1 tomato (212.0 g) 2.1 6.3 0.6 0.5 31.8 MORE
Tomatoes, red, ripe, cooked, with salt 1 cup (240.0 g) 2.3 9.6 0.3 1 43.2 MORE
1/2 cup (120.0 g) 1.1 4.8 0.1 0.5 21.6 MORE
1 NLEA serving(121.0 g) 1.1 4.9 0.1 0.5 21.8 MORE
Tomato products, canned, paste, with salt added 1/2 cup (131.0 g) 5.7 24.8 0.6 1.5 107.4 MORE
1 can (6 oz) (170.0 g) 7.3 32.1 0.8 2.5 139.4 MORE
Tomato products, canned, puree, with salt added 1 cup (250.0 g) 4.1 22.5 0.5 1.5 95 MORE
1 can (29 oz) (401 x 411) (822.0 g) 13.6 73.8 1.7 6 312.4 MORE
Catsup 1 cup (240.0 g) 4.2 60.4 0.7 5 232.8 MORE
1 tbsp (15.0 g) 0.3 3.8 0 0.5 14.6 MORE
1 packet (6.0 g) 0.1 1.5 0 0.5 5.8 MORE
Catsup, low sodium 1 cup (240.0 g) 4.2 60.4 0.7 5 232.8 MORE
1 tbsp (15.0 g) 0.3 3.8 0 0.5 14.6 MORE
1 packet (6.0 g) 0.1 1.5 0 0.5 5.8 MORE
Tomatillos, raw 1 medium (34.0 g) 0.3 2 0.3 0.5 10.9 MORE
1/2 cup, chopped or diced (66.0 g) 0.6 3.9 0.7 0.5 21.1 MORE
Tomatoes, sun-dried 1 cup (54.0 g) 7.6 30.1 1.6 2.5 139.3 MORE
1 piece (2.0 g) 0.3 1.1 0.1 0.5 5.2 MORE
Tomatoes, sun-dried, packed in oil, drained 1 cup (110.0 g) 5.6 25.7 15.5 5.5 234.3 MORE
1 piece (3.0 g) 0.2 0.7 0.4 0.5 6.4 MORE
Tomato sauce, no salt added 1 cup (244.0 g) 3.2 18.1 0.5 1.5 90.3 MORE

 

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