Sea tomato, we eat it but it is not a fruit, or perhaps it is a seafood, if we really want to make associations between two things that do not center. The real name of the sea tomato is Actinia equina. If the tomato we have in the garden does man a lot of good, this sea one proves annoying. There stinging substance that it contains in the cnidoblasts it causes irritation to both divers and simple swimmers who, unaware of the presence of these creatures in the waters they dive into, come into contact with them.
Closed sea tomato
The family to which the sea tomato it is that of the Actinia, 7 genera with 10 species belong to it, solitary polyps, often without skeletal structure and which attach themselves to objects such as the rocks of the seabed with their pedal disc. Closed, our sea tomato can actually look like a tomatoIt is therefore easy to imagine why this name coincides.
Among all the sea anemones, it is the easiest to encounter as it is often it attaches itself to rocks and rocks very close to the surface. Even the most careless can notice it by paying a minimum of attention to what is below the level of the water they are diving into, given its bright red color. When then it opens, the lighter tentacles appear but in general it remains purplish red, brownish red and even brown. It depends on the environmental conditions and its health.
Sea tomato is eaten
We eat, and we will see that there are recipes that provide it. Seems odd, having just said that emits a stinging liquid, but it goes without saying that once well cleaned, it is tasty and also rich in mineral salts and nutrients.
When we see him in the water he has cylindrical body of about 7 cm in diameter, it can be up to 6 cm high with tentacles of about 2 cm arranged in a crown around the mouth opening. Made up of 2 layers of cells, with a thin acellular mesoglea in the middle, the body inside has a cavity, the celenteron, which has a digestive function, acts as both mouth and anus.
Poisonous sea tomato
More than poisonous it is stinging. If eaten, it is not poisonous at all. It is certainly less harmless than it seems, indeed, it tends to attack by spreading its tentacles in all directions to capture the catchable. When it has blocked its prey, it paralyzes and kills it by injecting poisonous liquid. Usually he is interested in small fish, crustaceans and molluscs.
Sea tomato soup
As the first recipe on the list to report, there is that of sea tomato soup, an explicit and tasty marine variant of Tuscan tomato soup. It is also cooked with mixed fish, especially shrimp and squid, stale Tuscan silly bread, chopped tomatoes or peeled tomatoes, some fresh tomato, garlic, chilli, basil, extra virgin olive oil and flavorings if desired.
Sea tomato: recipes
We find the sea tomato also in other recipes which often involve seafood. Spaghetti with sea tomato, pasta in general, risotto and how much you can imagine similar with imaginative variations even of your own creation.
Sea tomato where it lives
If we want to be sure not to encounter the sea tomato, here are the places to avoid. Be careful because they are numerous, perhaps it is better not to give up swimming on these coasts, being careful not to have bad encounters. We find this sea tomato in the Mediterranean and in part of the Atlantic, up to the Indo-Pacific.
He loves to lurk on the rocky walls, along the quays of the ports, in the interstices, on the lower surface of the stones. In the phases of low tide, when it emerges from the water, retracts the tentacles and assumes a subspherical shape, retains water to avoid dehydration. When the tentacles are in sight, it is better to know that they have adhesive properties and can block a prey by paralyzing it.
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