The tomato, which is generally thought of as a vegetable, is actually a fruit.  The tomato plant originated in South America and was spread around the world by the Spanish who colonized the Americas.  Today the tomato is one of the top foods consumed throughout the world.

Tomatoes grow in a number of varieties from small cherry tomatoes to large beef steak tomatoes.  Colors also vary.  Tomatoes are a rich source of nutrients.  They contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant.  Some studies have indicated that lycopene may help prevent some forms of cancer, improve the skin’s ability to protect against UV rays, and protect vision.  Lycopene is the carotenoid that gives tomatoes their rich color.  The concentration of lycopene is enhanced by cooking tomatoes.  This differs from many vegetables where cooking generally diminishes their nutrients.

1 cup of tomato contains 27 kcal, 5.8 gm CHO, 1.8 gm Fiber, 3.9 gm sugar, 0.3 gm Fat.  Tomatoes are also rich sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium

Recipe type: Appetiser
Author: Jennifer Lynn-Pullman
Serves: 2-4
  • 2-3 large Plum Tomatoes
  • 1 large glove of Garlic, minced
  • 3-4 large Basil Leaves, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Dice tomatoes and place in a serving bowl, disgard seeds. Add minced garlic and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Combine ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty italian bread.







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