Tomatoes are delicious and loaded with health benefits, so be sure to take advantage of them this season!
Interesting Facts About Tomatoes:
Tomatoes come in many shapes, colors and varieties. Each has its own particular character and flavor, varying levels of sweetness and acidity.
Heirloom tomatoes come in a rainbow of colors with weird names like Box Car Willie, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Banana Legs, Green Zebra, etc.
Tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. However, they have nutrients found in both vegetables and fruit.
Tomatoes are a natural antioxidant that can help prevent a number of diseases, including heart disease and some cancers.
Did you know that if you make a habit of eating tomatoes in the form of tomato sauce, ketchup, or tomato paste, you can reduce your chances of getting cancer? In fact, men can reduce their risk for developing prostate cancer by up to 43%.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of potassium, calcium, and vitamin A and C. All of these are important nutrients needed for optimal health.
Among the tomato facts include the fact that tomatoes can also be very good for the skin. When you eat enough foods that contain cooked tomatoes, what you will get is protection against UV damage. Studies have shown that when you eat tomato products, you would have 33% more protection from sunburn.
Looking for recipe to utilize your garden’s ripe summer tomatoes? Here’s a refreshing Gazpacho Recipe from Executive Chef Kurt Spataro:
3 cloves organic garlic, very finely minced
1 small organic red onion, finely chopped
8 large or 12 medium sized very ripe organic summer tomatoes, (about 4 lbs) roughly chopped and run through a food mill
1 organic English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
2 yellow bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
Handful of fresh organic mint leaves, finely chopped
3 Tbsp sherry vinegar
salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients and thin with ice water to desired consistency. Taste for salt and vinegar. This is also excellent with the addition of cubed watermelon or any orange-fleshed melon.
Posted on 09/11/2013 at 12:00:00 AM