Tomatoes: The Health Benefits
The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including an impressive amount of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as significant amounts of vitamin B6, folate, and thiamin. Tomatoes are also a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper.
Tomatoes: Did You Know?
Tomatoes are a member of the family Solanceae, along with eggplants, peppers and potatoes. They are native to Central America and Mexico. Their spread throughout the globe was sparked by the Spanish’s colonization of the Americas. In tropical regions, they grow as short-lived perennials. In the temperate region of Vermont, they are annuals.
Parents: Learn More About Tomatoes With Your Child or Children
Read these books!
- A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds, by Jean Richards
- I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato, by Lauren Child
- Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes, by Demian Yumen
- Tomatoes Grow on a Vine, by Mari Schuh
Tomato Salsa: Try This Recipe Today!
Tomato and Pepper Pizza Topping
- 4fresh tomatoes, cut into wedges, or about
- 20cherry tomatoes
- 2bell peppers, or 4-6 smaller peppers, cut into strips or chopped
- 10chopped basil leaves
- 1onion, chopped (optional)
- 1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
- 1tspdried oregano, or 1 TB fresh (optional)
- 1pinchsalt (optional) and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat a frying pan on medium heat. Pour in olive oil and tilt pan to coat bottom.
- Cook peppers and onions in oil until soft and onions are transparent.
- Add tomatoes, basil and oregano, salt and pepper, and cook until tomatoes are heated through and basil is wilted. If you’d like the mixture to be drier, add tomatoes and simmer until enough water has boiled off, then add the spices.
- Spoon onto pizza and enjoy!
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