Tomatoes are among the most popular and rewarding crops for vegie patch. While all fruit and vegetables taste better picked fresh from the garden, tomatoes are in a class of their own. The flavour of a ripe, homegrown tomato picked on a warm summer day is hard to beat.
Homegrown tomatoes are packed with goodness. Tomatoes provide lycopene, which is an antioxidant found in red fruit, along with vitamins A and C, carotene and dietary fibre. They consist of approximately 94.5% of water.
Tomatoes originated in South and Central America and are part of the Solanaceae or nightshade family, which also includes potato, tobacco and chilli. First domesticated by the Aztecs before 500BC, there are now believed to be more than 10,000 tomato cultivars.
Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables, served hot or cold in yummy salads, sandwiches, sauces, soups, pasta, casseroles or on top of your favourite pizza.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful tomato harvest including tips along the way.