The tomato belongs to the nightshade family and, like cucumber, aubergine and zucchini, is a fruit vegetable. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family and, like cucumber, aubergine and courgette, is a fruit vegetable. There is a huge range of tomato varieties. They include vine tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, beef tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and many other sorts.
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Cultivation & harvest
Tomatoes prefer a nutrient-rich as well as permeable soil for agricultural cultivation. The heat-loving nightshade plant is grown in sunny, wind-protected locations. Due to the location requirements, tomatoes in the Palatinate are grown in greenhouses, which fulfill all conditions optimally and ensure a high-yield harvest of the delicious red fruit vegetable.
Tomatoes are immensely versatile in the kitchen and can be used for salads, sauces, soups, for stuffing, as an accompaniment, in bakes and for much more.
When stored at room temperature, tomatoes retain their flavour better and keep for around 14 days. If they are stored in the fridge, however, they quickly lose their flavour and do not keep as long. What is more, the vegetable should be stored separately from other fruit and vegetables, as the hormone ethylene that is given off by tomatoes accelerates the metabolism and ripening of other types of fruit and vegetable meaning that they don’t keep as long.