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Scientific Name: Lycopersicon esculentum

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Lycopersicon esculentum
Lycopersicon esculentum


  • Annual
  • Short-lived perennial.
  • Grown for its fleshy, succulent berries.
  • Hermaphrodite - pollinated by insects.
  • Grape tomato with bright, golden-orange fruits.
  • Full sun.
  • Need support with canes, strings or a frame.
  • Can grow in a container.

Culinary Uses

  • Savory vegetable or flavoring in cooked food.
  • Salads, soups, pizza, pastas.
  • Freezed/ juiced/ dried and ground into a powder - flavoring and thickening agent in soups, breads, pancakes.
  • Eaten raw or cooked.

Parts Used

  • Fruit

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Pulped fruit - skin-wash for an oily skin.
  • Sliced fruits - first-aid treatment for burns/ scalds /sunburn.
  • Skin of tomato fruit is a good source of lycopine - protect people from heart attacks/ treat an enlarged prostate and the difficulties in urination that accompanies it. To obtain lycopine - it seems to be more effective when cooked.

Other Uses

  • Pulp of the fruit is used cosmetically in face-packs.
  • Insect repellent:
  • The strong aroma of the tomato plant is said to repel insects from nearby plants.
  • A spray made from the tomato leaves is an effective but very poisonous insecticide.
  • Very effective against ants - use with great caution as it will kill beneficial insects as well.
  • If ingested by humans - is toxic as well.
  • Take care to only spray it on the ground to repel ants.
  • Grow with French marigolds to deter white fly.
  • Grow well with basils, parsley, alliums, nasturtiums, asparagus, gooseberries and stinging nettles.
  • Dislike growing near fennel.
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