About Specialty Tomatoes
Did you know that tomatoes are technically a fruit? A US Supreme Court decision from 1893 is the reason many people think they’re a vegetable. While tomatoes are commonly associated with Italian cuisine, they actually weren’t paired with pasta until the mid-1700’s, and only became popular in Italy in the late 1800’s.
If you’ve ever grown your own tomatoes, you’ll just love ours. They’re the closest to homegrown we think you’ll ever find. We’re rather fond of tomatoes – that’s why we offer so many varieties.
Choose tomatoes that have vivid color and smooth skins.
Tomatoes are best when stored at room temperature on the counter. When they are refrigerated, they will lose some of their flavor and texture.
Specialty tomatoes are a great choice to consume raw. They can be tossed in a salad, chopped into salsa or pureed as a raw, uncooked sauce. They are delicious roasted with ghee. Slice them in halves or quarters and include in your favorite recipes. They work well as a topping for homemade pizza, tossed with pasta, and lightly sautéed in a healthy fat and served as a side dish with fish, chicken, or meat. A favorite ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, tomatoes are common to many recipes.
Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, a potent antioxidant that is believed to offer protection against some types of cancer and heart disease.
Lycopene is abundant in the skins of tomatoes and is believed to be more readily absorbed when heated with oils like olive oil. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C as well as potassium, calcium, and folic acid.