Fresh Tomato Salsa Caprese Salad

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and contain Vitamins A & B, potassium and phosperous. A medium tomato has as much fiber as a slice of wheat bread yet only contains about 35 calories. It is the most popular vegetable in the United States today. Because of their high amount of the antioxidant Lycopene, tomatoes are another of the SUPERFOODS grown on our farm.

Storing Tomatoes: Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature with the stems down. They will lose their delicious flavor and become “mealy” in texture if you store them in the refrigerator. For faster ripening you can store them with apples – their ethylene gas will speed the ripening process. It’s better not to let them ripen in the sun as this would cause uneven ripening and rob them of some of their nutrients.

Handling: Wash and slice when you are ready to eat or use them in a dish. It is better to cut a tomato with a bread knife as this will keep the skins from tearing.

Tip To peel tomatoes for cooking, simply drop them into boiling water, remove from heat, let stand for a few minutes. Dip them into cool water and the skins should just slide off.
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