It’s no secret that mold often grows on fruits and vegetables. It generally multiplies at temperatures between 15 and 30°C, but is sometimes even found in products that are well stored in the refrigerator. As long as the fridge is too cluttered, poorly cleaned or the location of the food is not adequate, we cannot escape mold. And it’s really unfortunate, since it leads to the development of bacteria and bad odors in the device. It can even contaminate other foods. However, not all moldy fruits and vegetables have to end up in the trash. Tomatoes, for example, would be a real waste to throw away when they can still serve you in unexpected ways. We will explain everything to you.
Do you wince immediately after noticing spots of white or black mold on your tomatoes? After the disappointment, you immediately have the reflex to throw them in the trash. Obviously, although some people have the habit of removing these unsightly parts in order to eat the rest, we strongly advise against it. Because, even by getting rid of the visible part, some microscopic fungi may have already plunged inside. Ideally, to take no risk to your health, it is better not to eat tomatoes affected by mould. However, there is no question of throwing them away.
Yes, it recycles a rotten tomato!
Why should moldy tomatoes never be eaten?
We all know that food waste is a huge problem: to avoid it as often as possible, it is absolutely necessary to take certain precautions to stop letting food spoil and throwing your food in the trash. Unfortunately, despite good conservation, some products end up moldy. The reasons are various: a fairly long power outage, poor sorting in the fridge, forgetting certain foods at the bottom of the appliance, poor maintenance of the fridge…
So obviously, there is a big debate around this question: can we remove the moldy pieces and eat the rest without risk to health? Experts warn that you shouldn’t just stop at the most obvious mold stains in the food. Indeed, inside the product, there may be hyphae, ie cells like fungi or bacteria, invisible to the naked eye and which contain toxins harmful to health.
When it comes to dry, hard foods (such as certain cheeses), only a small part of which seems to be covered with mold, then it is possible to cut off the moldy part. Although it is risky, as some specialists point out. On the other hand, all soft and water-rich products such as tomatoes, cucumbers or jam, they should absolutely not be eaten. And this, even if you only notice very slight signs of mould.
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Tomato slices or, preferably, the seeds themselves can be placed in moist soil to germinate, so you can reap the rewards. Regular cotton will be effective at first.
It is best to start planting them in late March or early April. Remember that until it gets warm, they should be kept at home. You can, if necessary, place them on the balcony during the day, and bring them inside at night. Remember: this plant needs constant watering, lots of sun and warmth to germinate.
The seeds must be allowed to germinate well. Above all, make sure they get plenty of sun and enough water. You will notice after a while, the arrival of the first green fruits. The next step is to transplant the tomatoes into a larger pot (you can use a 10 liter bucket of paint) or into garden soil (provided it is warm enough). Ideally, the temperature should not drop below 14°C.
Attention : it is important to separate the tomatoes when transplanting. It is also best to plant each shoot separately. However, it is not always possible to plant them at home especially if you do not have enough space.
Although planting tomatoes should ideally be done around March and April. It’s not too late: if you start doing it today, there’s a good chance you’ll get your own rewards fast.
As a bonus, to plant your tomatoes, you don’t have to wait for one to go mouldy. Simply remove the pulp with the seeds from the tomato you are going to eat and place them directly in the ground or on cotton.
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