Tomatoes are plentiful and affordable in the summer because they are in season. There are many varieties of tomatoes to choose from. Whether it be bite sized cherry tomatoes or larger Heirloom tomatoes, they are a great way to add flavor and nutrition to your meals. Tomatoes can be eaten raw, cooked, or made into sauces and dips.
Tomatoes are full of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect against damage to our cells, and may help lower the risk of some forms of cancer. Tomatoes are also high in Vitamin C which boosts our immune system and Vitamin A which promotes good vision, boosts our immune system, and promotes cell growth.
Look for well-formed tomatoes that are smooth and free from blemishes. A perfectly ripe tomato will be completely red and firm, but not hard.
Keep tomatoes at room temperature, away from dust and sunlight. Refrigerate only if overripe. If you have a green tomato, you can ripen it by keeping it in a paper bag with the top folded over at room temperature, away from sunlight. Check daily and use when ripe.
Other Tomato Ideas:
- Add tomatoes to a sandwich or wrap
- Try adding them to scrambled eggs or an omelet
- Add tomatoes to a kabob
- Add tomatoes to a soup or stew
- Make a fresh salsa
- Add tomatoes to a salad
- Stuff tomatoes with tuna or chicken salad
- Make a gazpacho, which is a cold tomato soup
- Bake tomatoes and top with parmesan cheese for a side dish
- Top pasta with a tomato sauce
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