Tomatoes

Foods Included

Cherry, Grape, Slicing (hothouse), Heirloom, Green tomato

Description

Tomatoes come in different varities and are most often red. They can be eaten raw or cooked and are used in many dishes, sauces, and soups.

Buy It

  • Look for bright red color and smooth skin.

Store It

  • Store in a cool, dark place, stem-side down. Storing in the refridgerator will change the taste.
  • Ripe tomatoes are good for several days.

Cook It

  • Use a serraded knife to cut; remove the core and stem.
  • Eat raw, baked, broiled, grilled, or sauteed; microwave covered for 3-4 minutes.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.  
  • Lycopene is what gives tomatoes their red color. It keeps our eyes healthy and protects our cells from damage caused by normal body functions and environmental factors. 
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