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Tomatoes in Season

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Organic Gardening magazine had some delicious ideas on how best to enjoy the nutrition-rich tomato harvest.

Lycopene, one of nature's most powerful antioxidants, is found almost exclusively in tomatoes. Tomatoes are also are rich in vitamins A, C, calcium and fiber.

Tomatoes in Season

  • Store fruits no more than two deep to avoid bruising and rotting.
  • Tomatoes taste best at room temperature but can be refrigerated for up to five days.
  • To retain flavor, process them into fresh sauce or salsa, which will keep for seven to ten days in the refrigerator.
  • Slice tomatoes from top to bottom, not through the center, to retain seeds.
  • A tomato sauce cooked longer than 30 minutes will begin to lose flavor. Meat based sauces are an exception - the longer they cook, the better.
  • For tomato towers, layer tomato slices, your choice of cheese and herbs on a slice of heavy-duty bread. Heat the tottering creation in the toaster oven and enjoy.

Did you know?

Cooked tomatoes may be more beneficial to your health than raw tomatoes.

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