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Poor Tomatoes Have a Bad Rap

Why do we dislike tomatoes?

What is it about tomatoes that make people cringe? Is it the squishy insides? The rough outsides? The seeds? The way it looks? Or is it really the way they taste? I have seen more people either order food with out tomatoes, or leave them to the side of the plate. Sad, sad, sad.

These fruits (yes fruit) are incredible. They have lycopene in them. This ingredient has been considered a potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Men, eat MORE tomatoes! They are also full of antioxidants. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors:

Globe Tomatoes

These are your standard variant of tomatoes and are often referred to as Beefsteak tomatoes or Slicing tomatoes. They are easily identifiable because they are large, round, and red. They can also weigh up to two pounds.

Cherry Tomatoes

These tomatoes belong to the Cluster variant. Cherry tomatoes tend to be just about the same size as a cherry, but they are much sweeter and juicier than the larger varieties, such as Globe tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomatoes

This variety is gaining in popularity with gourmet chefs. This is because Heirloom tomatoes come in a large variety of shapes and colors. Their biggest downfall is that they tend to remain ripe for a very short period of time.

Roma Tomatoes

Also known as plum tomatoes, they are the least juicy of all tomatoes. Because they are thick and contain fewer seeds than other tomato variants, Roma tomatoes are a favorite for pasta sauces.

Pear Tomatoes

Another member of the Cluster tomato variant, Pear tomatoes get their name from their shape, which resembles a pear. They are only the size of a Cherry tomato, but without the high juice levels.

Information from: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/fats/5-types-of-tomatoes.html

Plus, it is so much fun to grow them. I have personally grown cherry tomatoes. It was amazing to see the plant grow and then to eat what I have created. The cherry tomatoes, which I have grown, tasted SO much better than the store bought ones. They were sweeter.

Look at what only 1 cup of tomatoes can provide for you in a daily recommended serving:

vitamin C 38.1%

vitamin A 29.9%

vitamin K 17.7%

potassium 12.1%

molybdenum 12%                       

manganese 10.5%

fiber 8.6%

vitamin B 67%

folate 6.7%

copper 5.5%

magnesium 4.9%

vitamin E 4.8%

phosphorus 4.3%

protein 3.1%

tryptophan 3.1%

choline 2.8%

iron 2.7%

Calories (32)

Information from: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=44

So next time you think about skipping out on tomatoes, try something new. Cook them, put them in a new recipe, or try different varieties. Don’t be so mean to the amazing tomato.

Recipes:

http://whatscookingamerica.net/TomatoRecipes.htm

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2 thoughts on “Poor Tomatoes Have a Bad Rap

  1. I love tomatoes! We have two varieties growing in pots in the yard. =)

    Posted by HSV617 | August 28, 2012, 4:44 am

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