Several friends and I were discussing the types of crops that we typically like to plant in our summer time garden when the subject of the best choice for tomatoes intended for canning came up. With the planting season drawing quickly to a close this seemed to be the most prevalent topic on everyone’s lips. Naturally it was too late to make the decision for this year’s crop but it may very well be taken into consideration for next years garden varieties.
Usually those who are planning to can tomatoes are looking for the best variety they can find combined with reasonable cost. While we were discussing the tomatoes and which ones represented the best choices one of the folks present brought up the point that a family member of theirs suffered from a disease known as Diverticulitis Digestive Disorder.
Diverticulitis is a common disease of the digestive system particularly concerning the large intestines. It involves the formation of pouches outside of the colon which ultimately results in an inflamed condition. Although featuring a host of symptoms the most common appears to be abdominal pain. Naturally the severity of experienced symptoms depends upon the amount of infection being developed.
Diet plays an important part of the control for those people who are suffering from this disease as possible aggravators include things such as peanuts and in particular seeds. These sufferers can not consume items such as popcorn, nuts or corn. Usually Diverticulitis affects the middle aged or elderly persons although it can possibly strike a younger patient as well. Obesity has been associated with diverticulitis in the younger patients.
With this understanding now firmly in play the topic drifted more towards the ultimate goal as to which tomato had fruit which is not too seedy particularly for those who may be victims of Diverticulitous Digestive Diseases. Since with those people they are recommended to stay away from any type of seeds or nuts our discussion leaned in that direction.
Some of your plans for these tomatoes may be for homemade tomato juice or simply for canned tomatoes to cook with. The paste type Roma’s are traditionally a universal tomato in that it has less seeds and more of the so called “meat.” This fruit is great for sauce, salsa, and chili or simply for stewing. Another excellent choice would be the Amish Paste. These are very productive heirloom tomatoes from the state of Wisconsin. Typical size of the tomatoes produced are beautiful deep red, 12 oz, ox heart shaped fruit. This breed is likely to be the largest paste tomatoes produced. In addition to producing an abundance of sweet, tomato flavors it is a great slicing tomato.
Usually anyone suffering from Diverticulitous Digestive Diseases can eat just about any class of tomato if proper precautions are observed. Simply cut the fruit in half horizontally and scrape the seeds out into a dish. It is a very quick process to seed just about any type of tomato. Merely cut the tomato in half horizontally and squeeze the seeds out into a bowl. With being about to deseed tomatoes easily that leave the choice open for a good selection of fine varieties such as Amish paste tomatoes or Roma, Morton or Rutgers/ perhaps in my friends case he might want to try his hand at growing Ox Heart as they are huge, meaty and are rated as having the fewest seeds of any tomato.
In any case there are usually ways around just about any issue whether it health or procedures. Darn, I like getting together and having barnstorming sessions, one learns a lot.
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