Fun Facts about Tomatoes:

  • The scientific name for Tomato is Solanum Lycopersicum.
  • They’re related to peppers and tomatoes.
  • They originate from South and Central America, but it’s now used in all parts of the world

Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

  • Tomatoes are very high in Vitamin A which promotes eye and heart health.
  • Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C which boosts immunity and fights off diseases.
  • Tomatoes are also high in Potassium which helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions, and nerve signals.
  • Tomatoes contain antioxidants and flavonoids that help protect the body from cancer.

Main Types of Tomatoes:

  • Bush Tomatoes- tennis ball-sized, juicy with rich flavor
  • Beefsteak- large globe-shaped, can weigh over a pound
  • Plum- Thick-walled and plum-shaped, perfect for sauce
  • Cherry/Grape- smaller, about one-inch diameter. High sugar content and sweet in flavor

Cooking with Tomatoes:

  • Eat fresh in a sandwich or a salad.
  • Pasta sauces are a great way to use both fresh and canned tomatoes.
  • Roast in the oven drizzled with oil and sprinkled with basil and oregano to make a bruschetta.

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