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The tomato has been called a lot of things during its history. The French and Italian used to say it was "The Apple of Love"; the Germans dubbed the tomato "The Apple of Paradise." Whatever you call them, tomatoes have three characteristics which never change: They are delicious, nutritious, and versatile.

Finding ways to include tomatoes into your diet has never been a problem. The tomato is one of the most versatile fruits out there and makes a tasty addition to almost every meal! Whether you like tomatoes cooked into a delicious pasta or pizza sauce, or fresh, sliced over a salad, or served as a side with sugar, olive oil, or salt, tomatoes are an essential part of Mexican, Italian, and American cuisine.

Nutrition-wise, tomatoes are bursting with goodness; just like other fruits and vegetables. In addition to vitamins and minerals, tomatoes also contain a phytochemical, lycopene, which may inhibit the development of some cancers.

Health Benefits
Tomatoes are low in fat and calories, sodium- and cholesterol-free, a good source of vitamin A, and high in vitamin C. They also contain the phytochemical lycopene, which may help protect against cancer.

Fun Facts

  • The tomato is by definition a fruit, although its lack of sweetness puts it in the vegetable camp for most eaters.
  • Early American colonists thought the tomato was poisonous because the plant is related to the deadly nightshade plant.
  • In Italy, the tomato is thought to be an aphrodisiac, and is known as the “love apple.”

Selection Tips
Good quality tomatoes should have bright, shiny skins and firm flesh. Avoid tomatoes that are soft or mushy, lacking in color, or have blemishes or growth cracks.

The Fresh1 tomatoes come from California and Mexico and are available year round.

Keep your tomatoes at room temperature, just like bananas. Refrigerating kills the flavor.


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