Welcome to this week’s tomato spotlight! Each week we have a new vegetable spotlight and associated recipe.
A fruit disguised as a vegetable, there are literally hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. They’re part of the nightshade family along with peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.
Although tomatoes are closely associated with Italian cuisine, they actually originated on the western side of South America and didn’t spread to Europe until the 1500s.
Today about 130 million tons of tomatoes are grown per year. The largest tomato-producing country is China, followed by the United States.
So why should you eat tomatoes?
Because pizza tastes better with them, of course!
- 1 medium tomato is 22 calories. It provides about 28% of your daily Vitamin C requirements. 17% of your daily Vitamin A. And 10% of your daily Vitamin K.
- Keeps Skin Healthy – Vitamin C helps the synthesis of collagen, an essential component for skin, hair, and nails.
- Supports Bone Health – Tomatoes contain calcium and Vitamin K – both of which are essential for strengthening bones as well as the bone tissue.
- Improves Vision – Tomatoes are a source of lycopene, lutein and beta-carotene, antioxidants that protect the eyes.
- Good for Your Heart – Tomatoes contain Vitamin B and potassium, which are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s Tomato Spotlight! Be sure to stop by Saturday for our tomato recipe!