This month are featuring an abundant super food that is well known by anyone who’s ever eaten a slice of pizza. No…it’s not anchovies! We’re talking about the humble yet versatile tomato! But the tomato, as we know, is as controversial as it is delicious. After all, it lies at the heart of an ongoing debate that has confounded critics for centuries:
Is the tomato a fruit or a vegetable?
Botanically, some argue, a tomato is considered a fruit. But, as others point out, it is commonly prepared as a vegetable. This puzzling question was even brought to trial in 1893 when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled it to be a vegetable. This debate may very well go on forever, but the one thing we can all agree on is that the tomato is a delicious addition to salads, sauces, and snacks alike.
Sadly, September is the time of year when tomatoes are slowly going out of season in the northernmost states, while still growing big and juicy in the rest of the country. So get them before they’re all gone! They’re chock full of antioxidants (lycopene) that help build up a strong immune system. And did you know that eating fresh tomatoes can help lower bad cholesterol making it good for your overall heart health? But perhaps the most important nutritional benefit of a tomato is its exceptionally high vitamin C content! Kind of like, what are those things called? Oh yeah, fruits!
Tomatoes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors including deep orange, purple, and maroon. When selecting them, don’t neglect the “uglys.” Instead, base your selection on the sweet aroma that a ripe tomato will release and it’s important to make sure they have a rich color. Store them at room temperature as they are sensitive to cold and pair them with, well, just about anything!
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