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.
- 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.