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Reasons Why Tomatoes Scarcity Lingers In Nigeria

As the tomatoes scarcity now deepens, is their any hope in price reduction for consumers any time soon? These and many more questions that arises each day. Tomatoes which is now the new gold, have been causing lot of tension in the street of Lagos. Not only does four pieces of Tomato goes for N500 , also bags of tomatoes are now being snatched away from fellow Nigerians. Really, Nigerians have been affected by this scarcity.

Causes

Well, there has been several factors listed as the possible reason for the scarcity. First is the heavy rains that is really affecting  the northern states of Nigeria together with the pest/larvae affecting the tomatoes known as Tuta absoluta.  Others also claim  Aliko Dangote is to blame.  But according to ventureafrica.com, one Mr. Mohammed Musa, a Mallam in Kano said that “Dangote shouldn’t be blamed for the scarcity because farmers don’t have tomatoes in their farms and the ones who have prefer to sell to Dangote instead of allowing it to get bad.”

Furthermore, he stated that some of these farmers have abandoned planting tomatoes because they cannot afford the high cost of petrol to power the pumping machines to irrigate the farms.

So is there any Hope? Well we all need to keep a positive mind-set and hope that the measures in which the Farmers have put in place to contain the situation would be effective.

Last year, farmers in some parts of Nigeria recorded total losses as the pest infested their farms. However, with demand for tomatoes not as high as it has become due to industrialization, the effect was not immediately felt. But we hope this years scarcity does not drag long.

10 Healthiest Foods Of All Time And Why You Should Always Eat Them

A registered dietitian Tina Ruggiero, author of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook,  have listed some essential fruits we should eat daily and why each of these foods is a powerhouse.

Its important we bear in mind that eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated. So to make it simple, TIME.com has curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods you should be eating now. But I would mention just 10 of them.

banana

Bananas and Why are bananas good for you: They are actually classified as an herb and they are an excellent source of cardioprotective potassium – that is ; it contains nutrients that protect the heart. Bananas also help to increase dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin – brain chemicals that counter depression.

oranges

Oranges and why they are good for you: Oranges are one of the most potent Vitamin C sources and are essential for disarming free radicals. Thy help protect our cell and sustain a healthy immune system

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Blueberries and why they are good for you: Blueberries are rich in anthocyanin and blueberries helps to protect vision, lower blood sugar levels and keep the mind sharp by improving memory and cognition.

Tangerines

Tangerines and why they are good for you: Thorough research has shown that Tangerines has more antioxidant than an orange,and this powerful little fruits soluble and insoluble fiber that play a role in reducing heart disease risk. Tangerines also help lower risk of  chronic eye disease like cateracts and may be protective against type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Avocado

Avocados and why they are good for you: Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Substituting one avocado for a source of saturated fats like butter or cheese  may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes and why they are good for you:  As little as they  are in shape, Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. They are rich i Lycopence, a potent weapon against Cancer. Lycopene protect our cells’ DNA with its strong antioxidant power.

Mushroom

Mushrooms and why they are good for you: Mushrooms are antioxidants that fight cancer too. They are a good source of riboflavin, a vitamin that supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms and they are the highest source of vitamin D.

Garlic

Garlic and why they are good for you: Garlic boost immunity and support healthy joints. It is well known for its cardioprotective benefits and its also an effective antiviral.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and why they are good for you:  Although they have a bit more natural sugar than white potatoes, they are packed with nutrients. A large sweet potatoes contains more than a days worth of vitamin A, essential for eyesight and reproductive health. It also has B vitamins, fiber and potassuim and a  antioxidant which may enhance immunity and support metabolism

Sardines

Sardines and why they are good for you: Sardines contains omega-3 fatty acid and calcium content. This fatty acids go to improve blood flow, feeding our brain, stabilizing heart rhythms and keeping inflammation in check.

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Reasons Why Deteriorating Tomatoes Can Endanger Your Health

Have you ever wondered why you are faced with diarrhea after eating from a local food store or mama put joint? Asides the unhygienic method of food preparation, it will surprise you to note that most of the cases of food poisonings that occur are due to poor quality food ingredient like spoilt tomatoes used in the cooking.

Food products or items of lower qualities are usually what some people prefer to purchase regardless of their financial status. One food product that falls into this category is tomato. In many popular markets in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria there have been visible popularity in the purchase of deteriorating Tomato (popularly called Esha tomato).

Partially rotten tomato commonly called Esha among the Yorubas is a way of depriving your body important nutrients that are needed for growth and development. In the process of spoilage, bacteria begin to utilize the nutrient content of tomatoes and further exposes the lycophene loaded vegetable to bacteria and fungi attack.
The future implication of consuming this kind of meals result to damages to internal organ due to released toxins which might not be
noticed on a short term. Some of the associated illnesses with the consumption of rotten tomatoes are liver inflammation, diarrhea and vomitting. These conditions are life threatening when there are severe.

Safeguarding our health should be our priority in life. So never look at the cost, always purchase healthy tomatoes as it comes with lots of health benefits.

Tomatoes Health Benefits

Does everyone know specifically why tomatoes are a healthful food? Well, it’s amazing to know that tomatoes is rich in vitamin C. They’re low in calories and they’re fat-free. But that’s not all!

Eating more tomatoes and tomato products can make people healthier and decrease the risk of conditions such as cancer, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

So make it a habit to slice tomatoes in your meal, am sure you will love it!

Efo-riro is a special Yoruba delicacy made with assorted parts of meat, dried fish, fresh crab claws and fried snails in combinations with green vegetables such as soko leaves or Tete.

INGREDIENTS

1 kg/2 Ib fresh Soko or Tete (washed & blanche)

500g/1lb assorted part of meat

225g/8oz stock fish

1 medium smoked fish

225g cooked crab claws

4snails (washed with lemon juice)

225g grounded crayfish

225g fresh pepper

500g/1lb fresh tomatoes

1 small tin tomatoes puree

1 large or 2meduim onions

150ml palm oil

1 teaspoon Iru

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash your stock of meat and boil with little water in a large pot.
  • Seasoned with salt, Maggi, ground pepper and boil until tender.
  • Add the stockfish, smoked fish, snail, crab claws and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the pot and place in a clean bowl.
  • Wipe the pot and place pot on fire to heat up the oil.
  • Add the ground tomatoes, onions and chillies to the hot oil and fry for 10/15 minutes while you stir frequently.
  • Add tomatoes puree and cook for 5 minutes until it looks done.
  • Add the cooked meats, crayfish, allow simmering for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, add the blanched tete or soko, cook for 5 minutes, taste for seasoning and serve with pounded yam or grinded yam powder called “Amala” in West Africa.

Steamed Beans Pudding (Moi Moi)

Steamed beans pudding also called Moin Moin in West Africa. This is a healthier and luscious way of enjoying beans. It is served in many restaurants and usually goes well with pap, custard, plantain or Ijebu garri . Personally, I like to beautify my Moin Moin to look inviting like adding sliced tomatoes and little bit of ketchup. Or better still some lettuce by the tomatoes.

Ingredients

4 cups beans, peeled

Chilli Pepper to taste

6 medium size tomatoes

1 Paprika

1 large Onion bulb

2 cups bulky chunks of Fish/Sardine/ Minced or chopped Meat

3 Boiled Egg

4 cups rich Stock

2 cups of water

1 cube Maggi Cubes

Salt to taste

3 tbsp Vegetable Oil

Leaves or plastic bowls

Banana leaves to form a base in the pot

Directions

Boil the eggs and the meat/fish and cut them into chunks if you are not using minced meat

Soak beans in water for about 20mins

Remove the seed coat by rubbing the beans in between your hands and draining out the seed coat with a sieve

Repeat this till you have sieved out most of the seed coat of the beans; pour into a tray and hand pick the remaining seed coat.

Watch out for stones

Grind the beans, pepper and onions into a smooth paste

Add the vegetable oil, Maggi cube and salt to taste and stir properly

Put banana leaves in a large pot to form a base and place on heat

Put just enough water to cover the base of the pot

Wrap the leaves into the form of cones and fold the bottom upwards

Still holding the bottom, scoop the beans and fill half of the cone

Put the chopped eggs and fish/meat into it

Fold the top of the cone and bend it backwards

Place the wrapped moin moin into the pot

Continue till the mixture is all used up

Pour in more water into the pot and allow to cook till mixture gets tick.