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Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Hezbola: 2:56pm On Jul 22, 2016
Snake tomato (Trichosanthes cucumerina) locally known as “elejo tomato” is a variety growing mostly wild in southwestern Nigeria. It is mainly found in the states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo. Snake tomato is a gourd vegetable that grows in tropical regions and is used for culinary and medicinal purposes.

It is a member of the cucumber family and is called by many names in different parts of the world including serpent gourd, snake gourd, pointed gourd, snake squash etc.
Like all plants, vegetables and fruits, snake tomato
is packed with phytonutrients.

The edible pulp is highly nutritious with health promoting properties. Other parts of the plant like the seeds and roots are used medicinally too.

In Nigeria, the pulp of ripened fruits is used in cooking to replace tomatoes when cooking stews. Some of the important nutritional contents and properties are below;
They are low in calories.
They contain high fiber content.
They contain vitamins A, C and B.
They contain potassium, phosphorus, iron, iodine,
manganese and magnesium.
They contain flavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenols
and lycopene.
They contain antioxidants and have anti-
inflammatory properties.
They have laxative properties.
Some of their applications are;
To bring down fevers.
To lower blood cholesterol levels and regulate blood
sugar levels because of the fiber.
To aid digestion and treat constipation because of
their laxative properties.
Snake tomato has so many other uses in different
parts of the world. These gourds make an excellent
replacement for normal tomatoes especially when
tomatoes are out of season and are expensive. They
are easy to grow and can be grown easily in gardens
and backyards.

http://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/ark-of-taste-slow-food/elejo-tomato-snake-tomato/

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Nobally: 3:00pm On Jul 22, 2016
What's the market value in Nigeria

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by mazimee(m): 3:06pm On Jul 22, 2016
This my second time of hearing about this type of tomato for the first time the same day. How come I haven't seen them in the market all those time I visit the market? At least I do see the long ochumbo pepper.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Flexherbal(m): 3:06pm On Jul 22, 2016
Nature has answers to all the challenges that man face.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Hezbola: 3:08pm On Jul 22, 2016
I can't really tell, but for it substituting tomatoes as stew and soup. I strongly belief it will be of high demand if people get to know.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by mytime24(f): 11:15pm On Jul 22, 2016
As na snake tin undecided


Make i invite lala here cheesy

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Pamelayoung: 6:45am On Jul 23, 2016
Me I can neva eat this tin it's not even looking palatable

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by dearsly(m): 1:52pm On Jul 23, 2016
So tomatoes can be this long like fulani man prick.....bubu comes to mind

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by bayulll01(m): 1:52pm On Jul 23, 2016
Waoow frontpage already.....well what the op wrote up there is so true and lemme even add mine...
1. it is easy to cultivate as compared to the regular tomato.
2. it is nutritional than normal tomatoes.
3. it is lower in quantity than the regular tomatoes because of it's lower yeilds.

all these statement are facts because i currently have it planted in my backyard and it's even bringing out fruit but not yet ripe for consumption.
and lastly why is it that any thing thats just related to snake is immediately pused to frontpage with the speed of light.
anyway i guess it's all about the traffic and the money for nairaland anyway.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by icey23: 1:53pm On Jul 23, 2016
never used it be4
Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Ovialekhe(f): 1:53pm On Jul 23, 2016
I av heard abt it but can't cook with it.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by icey23: 1:53pm On Jul 23, 2016
never used it be4 kosy
Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Richie0974: 1:53pm On Jul 23, 2016
Na lanicky make this snake tomato they trend for fp so.
Good anyway.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by HIGHESTPOPORI(m): 1:54pm On Jul 23, 2016
Is it the same one we call Tatashe?
Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by atuanso: 1:54pm On Jul 23, 2016
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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by AKMoney1(m): 1:55pm On Jul 23, 2016
Lala no dey see anything with snake na FP straight....

Bro abeg are you from snake island? grin cheesy



Lala and snake be like .....

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by eph12(m): 1:55pm On Jul 23, 2016
This was what we used to eat back then when things were very rough for my parents. We planted it in our compound then. Not sure you can see it in the market.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Landloard01(m): 1:55pm On Jul 23, 2016
ok
Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by lollmaolol: 1:56pm On Jul 23, 2016
Hezbola:
I can't really tell, but for it substituting tomatoes as stew and soup. I strongly belief it will be of high demand if people get to know.

Subsistence farmers knew about this tomatoes long time ago.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by plainol(m): 1:56pm On Jul 23, 2016
Very easy to grow, and very rich. My mom used to use it for jollof rice or concoction, I miss my moms rice.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Drienzia: 1:56pm On Jul 23, 2016
Lalasticlala and anything concerning snake

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by princechurchill(m): 1:57pm On Jul 23, 2016
yorubas sabi cook rubbish from time memorial

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by atuanso: 1:57pm On Jul 23, 2016
I think God is purnishing us cause we always like to form educated and intelligent.

See how old men blind side us.

Ose na ose..smalli na smalli.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Nobody: 1:58pm On Jul 23, 2016
snake tomato lolz and i was thinking it was called ' dickmato ' shocked shocked

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Lebee4(m): 1:58pm On Jul 23, 2016
And you expect this thing am looking at to replace that beautiful fruit called Tomatoes?
you must be joking.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Dvera671(m): 1:59pm On Jul 23, 2016
I hear
Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by TimFisher: 1:59pm On Jul 23, 2016
Another greek name for "Trichosanthes Cucumerina" is "Lalasticlala".if u re not informed;u re deformed.hope av given out knowledge.

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by dunkem21(m): 1:59pm On Jul 23, 2016
atuanso:
I think God is purnishing us cause we always like to form educated and intelligent.

See how old men blind side us.

Ose na ose..smalli na smalli.


grin I don laff like mad Man now now

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by elbaraj001(m): 1:59pm On Jul 23, 2016
I don eat am before...but to cook am dey waste tym....

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Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by Julietcutie(f): 1:59pm On Jul 23, 2016
Wow but never heard bout it
Re: Facts About SNAKE TOMATOES As A Replacement For The Vine Tomatoes by GJames(m): 1:59pm On Jul 23, 2016
Now I know how to hit frontpage. Expect my thread titled "S-omething N-ice A-nd K-ind E-lavated" on NL frontpage tomorrow.
I know it makes no sense but snake is involved so FP here I come

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