The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

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The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Mad Howler » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:04 pm

The fruit of the tomato plant is varied - wonderful - & fecund.
Just this year we transplanted volunteers that are producing right now - without this:
http://www.yorkshirewater.com/tomato-plant-quiz.aspx
The seeds of this plant rely on mammals - even in this 'modern world'.
I find this an extreme reminder that we are designed to engage, cooperate with, and rely on our surroundings.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Shorty » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:27 am

Tomatos are good, but what about beans? Here is a good article for our ILIkeBeans poster.

How to Reduce Anti-Nutrients in Your Foods?
http://diet-sage.com/health-news/how-to ... your-foods

"Beans are quite controversial these days. Depending on who you ask, they are either incredibly nutritious or uniquely harmful. Some people even choose to eliminate beans from their diet altogether.

Should beans be avoided, or can they play a part in a healthy diet? Now the problem with beans is they contained anti-nutrient, known as phytates that are intentionally disagreeable to our gut if not properly disarmed prior to consumption. Phytates bind many of the helpful minerals in beans, and eliminates them from the body. These substances also inhibit many of the enzymes that help in assimilating these important minerals such as calcium, madnesium, copper, iron and zinc. That is why it is important to know how to get rid of the anti-nutrients in the beans before consuming them.

Which foods are high in anti-nutrients?
Anti-nutrients are found in a variety of foods, but are most commonly found in grains, legumes, nuts and beans. According to the US National Library of Medicine, these are the foods that contain the highest levels of anti-nutrients. There are also a number of plant roots, vegetables, leaves and fruits which contain smaller quantities of anti-nutrients. In nature these anti-nutrients serve to repel pests away from the plant. What they do is bind the vitamins and minerals in the plant to the anti-nutrient compound, making them un-absorbable to animals and pests."

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby fennel » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:18 pm

Pythagorus believed that beans contained the souls of the dead. I expect he just wasn't soaking them long enough.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:23 pm

Reminds me of some doggerel. "Beans, beans, the musical fruit..."

You know the rest.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:30 pm

If anti-nutrients come into contact with nutrients, they annihilate each other in a violent gaseous outburst.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby gargantua » Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:52 pm

Look, I like beans. But MH has a point. I love tomatoes. I like a big slice on my sandwich. Chopped up in my salad. The star of any decent marinara. I'm a tomato lover, and I will wear that badge with pride. Also:garlic. And basil.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:11 pm

No poison apples for me. We just don't get along.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby ilikebeans » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:31 pm

Full disclosure: I don't actually like all beans.

Case in point: Lima. Little evil waxy green organs of nast, those are.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby fennel » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:48 am

Our tomatoes are a couple of inches high now, and look quite happy. Six varieties, including one yellow cherry variety.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby snoqueen » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:54 am

ilikebeans wrote:Full disclosure: I don't actually like all beans.

Case in point: Lima. Little evil waxy green organs of nast, those are.


Agreed.

As a vegetarian I eat and like lots of bean things. I love black beans especially.

I don't know what it is with lima beans, though. They remind me of tiny plastic bags full of fine sand.

Having said that, I suddenly feel sorry and want to apologize to them. Maybe it's not the lima beans themselves but more how they're cooked. Anybody old enough to remember that dreadful frozen food product that mixed small cubes of carrot, corn, and lima beans?

Fifties food was terrible.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Bwis53 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:57 am

I've eaten a baked bean recipe with different beans in it. Delicious!

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:58 am

Sufferin' succotash.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby fennel » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:03 am

And just think, if it weren't for beans, chili would not exist.

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Re: The Tomato - the ultimate survivor

Postby Roy » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:16 am

fennel wrote:And just think, if it weren't for beans, chili would not exist.

Original chili recipes did not have any beans. Besides beans overwhelm the tomato taste. Beans never go into my chili.

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