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tomatoes

super tasty. super food.  super tomatoes.

The tomato is America’s fourth most popular fresh market vegetable and is said to include over 10,000 different varieties.  Some of the most popular ones include Roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes, vine ripe tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and beefsteak tomatoes.  These varieties can be enjoyed in many different ways – either for a healthy snack or a colorful addition to a burger, sandwich, or salad.

Fun Facts:

  • Tomatoes are thought to have originated in Peru. The name comes from the Aztec “xitomatl,” which means “plump thing with a navel”.

  • A tomato is a fruit. The confusion arose after the 1890s when the US supreme court named them a vegetable for taxation purposes. A fruit is the edible part of the plant containing seeds, a vegetable is stem, leaf or root.

  • Tomatoes are the richest source of lycopene which is important for the health of the prostate gland in men

Nutrition Facts

1 medium tomato

25     0g     3g    40%VFF_clip-art_tomatoes

calories          total fat           sugar              vitamin CVFF_clip-art_tomatoes

  • Tomatoes are:
    • low-fat
    • sodium-free (tomatoes contain 5mg of sodium per 85g tomato)
    • low in calories
    • cholesterol-free
    • a good source of vitamin C & vitamin A
  • A fantastic source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant.  By cooking tomatoes it helps our body absorb the lycopene easier, making them a “lycopene powerhouse” and perfect for any healthy meal or snack
  • Tomatoes have shown to improve heart health
  • Did you know tomatoes can cleanse and tone your skin?  Mash one tomato and one avocado into a facial mask.  (Tip: Tomatoes are highly acidic, it may sting or burn. Please test on a small area first.)  Smooth onto your skin and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.  Wash off with lukewarm water and pat face dry.  The tomato deep-cleans dirt and debris, while the avocado restores moisture.

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heirloom tomatoes

An heirloom tomato is a variety of tomato that is not genetically modified and is known for its flavors that have been passed down through generations. These thin skinned tomatoes come in beautiful colors and tend to be funky shapes and sizes, packed with nutrients and unique flavors you will be rarely disappointed.

With the growth in popularity heirloom tomatoes are used across a variety of salad and sandwich recipes.  You can add a spark of bright colors to any main or side dish, and the unique flavors of the different varieties pair very nicely with fresh mozzarella cheese and basil in a Caprese salad.  These tomatoes are really good anyway you want to prepare them, we have found that roasting will bring out their natural flavors best.

Like other tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes should be stored at room temperature until ripe, avoid placing them in the refrigerator.

 

IMPORTANT: Storage Tips for Tomatoes

  • DO NOT put your tomatoes into the refrigerator.  However, you can store ripe tomatoes for a day or two at about 55°F (a wine fridge can work well for this)  The reason you do not want them in the refrigerator is simply because it damages the membranes inside the fruit walls, causing the tomato to lose flavor and develop a mealy texture which will not be enjoyable.

  • DO NOT store fruits and vegetables together.  Fruits that give off high levels of ethylene (the ripening agent) can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables. Tomatoes are one of those fruits that have high ethylene levels, our recommendation is to put them further away from things like bananas (unripe), blackberries, garlic, onions, peppers, raspberries, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, and watermelon – which all tend to be more sensitive to ethylene.

The best place to store your tomatoes is on your counter at room temperature.  If you did store them in the refrigerator it is best to leave them out for at least 24 hours to help some of the natural flavors come back.