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Tasty Tomatoes Add Variety to Meals

 

Today, we look for versatility, variety and convenience in the foods we eat. Tomatoes top the list of versatile foods because they are not only good for you, they complement almost any meal or occasion.

There are more than a dozen varieties of tomatoes. Slices of large, round tomatoes are great on the grill; Roma or plum tomatoes make delicious sauces; and cherry or grape tomatoes make a convenient, portable snack.

Tomatoes’ versatility makes them ideal for all eating and entertaining occasions, whether used as an ingredient, an accompaniment or as a stand-alone. To ensure the best tomato flavor, never refrigerate them. The tomato makes an enzyme that produces flavor as it ripens. Once the temperature falls below 55 degrees, it permanently stops producing that enzyme.

Tomatoes are high in vitamins and fiber — one medium red tomato has 20 percent of the daily requirements of vitamin A, 40 percent of the daily requirements of vitamin C and as much fiber as a slice of whole wheat bread.

For more information on tomatoes, log on to www.sunripeproduce.com. For more recipes and information on how to incorporate a more fruits and vegetables into your diet, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.



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