- Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A.
- A source of vitamin K and potassium.
- Rich in lycopene, an antioxidant which can only be obtained by eating lycopene-rich foods.
How do you pick a good one?
Select tomatoes that are deeply colored and firm, with a little give. Take a sniff, if they’re missing that sweet, woody smell, they probably don’t have peak flavor. Check grape tomatoes for wrinkles, this means they’re not so fresh.
How do they grow?
Tomatoes are a warm weather plant grown using a pole or as a bush.
Did you know?
- There are more than 4,000 varieties of tomatoes, ranging in size, shape and color
- Yes, botanically, the tomato is a fruit.
- The U.S. Supreme Court declared the tomato a vegetable because of tariff laws which imposed a duty on vegetables but not fruits.
- The word “tomato” comes from the Nahuatl (Aztec language) word, tomato, meaning “something round and plump”.
- Varieties include cherry, plum, heirloom, beefsteak,