Found in gardens across the county, from the Heirloom varieties to bite sized cherry tomatoes, this summer staple is a great addition to many dishes. Providing a bright flavor and packed with vitamins, the tomato can be eaten raw, cooked and made into sauces.
Look for well-formed tomatoes that are smooth and free from blemishes. A perfectly ripe tomato will be completely red and firm but not hard.
Keeps tomatoes at room temperature, away from dust and sunlight. Refrigerate only if overripe. If you have a green tomato, you can ripen it by keeping it in a paper bag with the top folded over at room temperature, away from sunlight. Check daily and use when ripe.
Tomatoes are full of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect against damage to our cells, and may help lower the risk of some forms of cancer. Tomatoes are also high in Vitamin C which boosts our immune system and Vitamin A which promotes good vision, boosts our immune system, and promotes cell growth.
- Blend tomatoes into a vinaigrette
- Add tomatoes to a sandwich or wrap
- Try adding them to scrambled eggs or an omelet
- Add tomatoes to a kabob
- Add tomatoes to a soup or stew
- Make a fresh salsa
- Add tomatoes to a salad
- Stuff tomatoes with tuna or chicken salad
- Make a gazpacho, which is a cold tomato soup
- Bake tomatoes and top with parmesan cheese for a side dish
- Top pasta with a tomato sauce
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Check out these handouts and recipe cards. You can download and print these resources to use in your educational programs. The first page of each handout has general information about the produce item. The second page includes different recipe options. Recipe cards print 4 recipes per page. The first page includes the photo of the recipe and the second page includes ingredients and directions.