All about Tomatoes!
As you may have guessed, this blog post is dedicated to tomatoes. As the shares continue through August and into September, there will be more and more tomatoes distributed to our shareholders. In this post we detail the different kinds of tomatoes grown here at CCF (with pictures) and give ideas for the various ways to use tomatoes. You'll also have a better understanding of all the health benefits of tomatoes.
So why are we writing a post about our tomatoes? And why should you incorporate tomatoes into your diet? The short answer is that tomatoes are cheap and extremely good for you.
Here are a few reasons why...
- Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, and Vitamin K.
- Tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Both Lypocene and Vitamin C are known to improve immune health.
- Tomatoes are great for overall skin health, heart health and cancer prevention.
- Tomatoes are known to be good for eyesight, especially for those who frequently use screens and experience eye strain on a daily basis.
- Consuming tomatoes helps increase blood flow which unblocks blood vessels and eases inflammation.
- Tomatoes are also low in calories and are largely water-based veggies giving them a high fiber content as well.
- Tomatoes improve nerve and cell health as they are regenerative and can allow the body to get rid of its waste products.
Another benefit of tomatoes is that they are very versatile and are used in many different cultural cuisines. They can be a snack, a garnish to an entree or even the base of a meal. Tomatoes are great in salads, pasta bakes, on toast, in soups, bruschetta, and paired with hummus and carrots. Also, sliced heirloom tomatoes on toast topped with mozzarella cheese and basil (with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) is tops!
Lastly, this year we are growing some heirloom tomatoes for the first time. Unlike tomatoes that you may buy at the grocery store, heirlooms are not genetically modified and are pollinated naturally by bees and wind. Heirloom tomatoes are very old varieties that have remained genetically unchanged over many generations, and in many cases, hundreds of years. These tomatoes often have unique sizes, shapes, and colors, but they're flavor is unmatched. Unlike their generic counterparts, heirlooms do not often look very uniform when compared to other tomatoes.
The only downside to Heirloom tomatoes is that they have a short shelf life. This means that they should be used pretty quickly once they are obtained by the consumer!