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Organic heirloom tomatoes come from seeds that have been handed down through generations. They come in many varieties. They are much better than the commercially grown tomatoes that you buy at a regular store because receiving them straight from the farm means that most likely they were picked that same day. Those at a conventional market are usually artificially ripened and will not be as flavorful as those that you grow or buy straight from the farm.

Among many other vitamins and minerals, heirloom tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K, and potassium. Tomatoes are known as a good source of lycopene, a type of carotenoid that has many health benefits including prevention of prostate, cervical, breast, lung, and skin cancer. A cooked tomato will have 2-8 times more lycopene than a raw tomato. Organic tomatoes will also have more lycopene. Tomatoes also protect cardiovascular health.

A medium sized heirloom tomato contains 20% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin A and about 40% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.

In the Kitchen

Tomatoes are very versatile in the kitchen. They can quickly add a boost of flavor to your dishes.

You can enjoy tomatoes cooked or raw. They are great raw when they are added to a salad. You can also add raw tomatoes to a burger or a sandwich. You can stop off an omelet with fresh tomato. You can boil tomatoes for sauces and add some fragrant herbs and spices. You can also roast the tomatoes and make a roasted tomato salsa along with some roasted garlic, onion, and jalapeño.

Suggested Recipes

Tomato Rasam (Indian dish for rice)
Best Gazpacho
Homemade Lactofermented Ketchup