More than ketchup! Help your tots grow their own tomatoes with top advice from tomato expert Marco Goebers
Did you know that it’s National Tomato Week (NTW) this week? Yep, along with Baby Massage Week, Real Nappy Week, National Vegetarian Week and…er…National Week Week…(OK we made that last one up.) it's a whole week dedicated to our favourite pasta sauce ingredient.
In honour of NTW we’ve been getting the lowdown on our favourite fruit/veg hybrid from Dolmio’s tomato expert Marco Goebers.
Firstly, they’re super healthy. “Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A, B and C," Marco explains. "Plus, they’re packed with antioxidants, fibre and folic acid.” (And yes, ketchup does contain a fair few tomatoes!).
And they’re really easy to grow yourself and a great introduction to gardening and healthy eating for little ones. So we asked Marco his top tips on growing your own:
Then just enjoy watching them grow! Remove any side shoots so the plant doesn’t loose any tomato growing energy making unecessary branches. Pick carefully and avoid bruising or cutting the skin as, Marco Goebers tells us, this can really impact the flavour. But then, your little one will probably be far to excited about cooking with home-grown ingredients to really notice.
Of course if you're not quite the green fingered type, you can always buy a tomato sauce for your spagbol.
Marco is Dolmio's "Tomataster" and makes sure all the tomatoes that make their sauces are up to scratch. DOLMIO® Bolognese is made with 100% Natural Ingredients
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