In late summer and early fall, tomatoes are at the height of ripeness and flavour,
abundant in backyards and at farmers’ markets across the province, and delicious
virtually any way you serve them. Low in calories, tomatoes of all varieties, shapes and
sizes provide a dose of vitamin C and lycopene, an antioxidant believed to reduce the risk
of some cancers.
When shopping for fresh tomatoes, select those that are firm but not hard, smooth and
heavy for their size. Always store tomatoes on your countertop or pantry where they
will continue to ripen, even if they are picked while still green. (Speed the process up by
putting them in a paper bag with an apple or pear.)
Avoid the fridge, where tomatoes will develop a mealy, watery texture and the cold
compromises their flavour.
Because you can only eat so many tomatoes straight from the vine (or the countertop),
here are a few ways to enjoy and preserve them, so you won’t have to settle for sub-par
tomatoes in the middle of winter.
— Julie Van rosendaal
Our Meal deal recipes have been
analyzed by registered dietitians
with alberta Health Services’
Nutrition Services. all recipes
meet healthy eating guidelines.
You say tomato,
we say delicious