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The tomato has been called a lot of things during its
history. The French and Italian used to say it was "The
Apple of Love"; the Germans dubbed the tomato "The
Apple of Paradise." Whatever you call them,
tomatoes have three characteristics which never change:
They are delicious, nutritious, and versatile.
Finding ways to include tomatoes into your diet has
never been a problem. The tomato is one of the most
versatile fruits out there and makes a tasty addition
to almost every meal! Whether you like tomatoes cooked
into a delicious pasta or pizza sauce, or fresh, sliced
over a salad, or served as a side with sugar, olive
oil, or salt, tomatoes are an essential part of Mexican,
Italian, and American cuisine.
Nutrition-wise, tomatoes are bursting with goodness;
just like other fruits and vegetables. In addition
to vitamins and minerals, tomatoes also contain a
phytochemical, lycopene, which may inhibit the development
Tomatoes are low in fat and calories, sodium- and
cholesterol-free, a good source of vitamin A, and
high in vitamin C.
They also contain the phytochemical lycopene, which
may help protect against cancer.
- The tomato is by definition a fruit, although
its lack of sweetness puts it in the vegetable camp
- Early American colonists thought the
tomato was poisonous because the plant is related
to the deadly nightshade
Italy, the tomato is thought to be an aphrodisiac,
and is known as the “love apple.”
Good quality tomatoes should have bright, shiny skins
and firm flesh. Avoid tomatoes that are soft or mushy,
lacking in color, or have blemishes or growth cracks.
The Fresh1 tomatoes come from California and Mexico
and are available year round.
Keep your tomatoes at room temperature, just like bananas.
Refrigerating kills the flavor.
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