In Spain's rich culinary tradition, the tomato occupies a prominent place as one of the most versatile and tasty ingredients.
Tomato time offers a wide range of creative possibilities in dishes ranging from the most traditional to the most innovative.
Tomatoes not only add a touch of freshness and flavour to dishes, but also provide nutritional benefits that make them an indispensable element in the Mediterranean diet. Read on to find out all the benefits of tomatoes!
When is tomato harvested?
Tomatoes usually thrive in warm climates, making them an ideal crop during the summer months in Spain, which is why they are such a typical ingredient in the Mediterranean area.
The harvesting season for tomatoes varies according to region, climate and tomato variety, but in general they usually reach maturity from mid-June to the end of September. During this period, Spanish fields and orchards are filled with tomatoes of different shapes, sizes and colours, ready to be incorporated into some of the most typical dishes of the country's gastronomy.
The benefits of tomatoes
In addition to its undeniable versatility in the kitchen, the tomato is also known for its remarkable nutritional benefits. This fruit is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, carotenoids and potassium. In addition, tomatoes are rich in antioxidants associated with reducing the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
It should be noted that tomatoes are also low in calories and fat, making them an ideal choice for those seeking to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. In addition, its high water content contributes to hydration of the body, especially important during hot summer days.
The versatility of tomato in Spanish cuisine
It is undeniable that tomato is one of the great protagonists of Spanish gastronomy, adapting easily to a variety of culinary preparations.
Some emblematic dishes of Spanish cuisine that stand out for their use of tomato are:
- Gazpacho: A very typical cold summer soup in Spain, usually made with tomato, cucumber, pepper, onion and garlic.
- Paella: The famous paella, the star dish of Spanish cuisine, incorporates tomato in its sofrito to provide a tasty base for the rice.
- Pan con tomate: An essential accompaniment to dishes such as omelette or scrambled eggs, the simple but delicious tomato-rubbed bread is a staple to accompany meals.
- Pisto: The Spanish take on ratatouille is ideal for making the most of the vegetables in the fridge with a base of tomato.
- Cod with tomato: A traditional Spanish recipe made with cod loins and fresh tomatoes.
The gastronomic proposal at Restaurante Ático
If you want to discover the delights of tomato and other ingredients of Mediterranean gastronomy, we invite you to try the Restaurante Ático’s proposal, which combines tradition and modernity in every mouthful.
Chef Ramón Freixa brings a casual touch to a creative and innovative cuisine, offering an Executive Menu for each day and a Tasting Menu that includes gazpacho, rice, cod and other delicacies of Spanish cuisine.
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