We love that tomatoes are a September foods of the month. There are so many dishes to be made with this versatile fruit!
Here are some interesting tomato facts:
- One of the most popular types of “vegetables” eaten by Americans, however, they are really members of the fruits family
- High in vitamins C, A, and K and contain large amounts of an antioxidant called lycopene, which may help guard against certain cancers
- Tomato paste and sauces, which contain highly-concentrated, cooked tomatoes, have greater amount of healthy lycopene than raw tomatoes.
- Varieties – There are thousands of types of tomatoes! The most popular are classified into three groups: cherry, plum, and slicing tomatoes. Grape and cherry ones are fun, sweet, and really delicious to eat alone or in a salad.
- Selection – Cold temperatures can damage tomatoes, so avoid buying ones that are stored in a cold area, and try not to put them in your refrigerator unless you cannot eat them soon. Pick plump tomatoes that have smooth skin with no bruises, cracks or blemishes.
Now that you are all excited about tomatoes, make sure and watch this video featuring Peri Stolic and Pepto, the stomach, sharing how to make their favorite tomato basil bruschetta recipe:
What is your favorite way to eat tomatoes?