September Vegetable of the Month: Tomato

  A variety of cherry and heirloom tomatoes being sold at the Veggielution Farmstand.

A variety of cherry and heirloom tomatoes being sold at the Veggielution Farmstand.

FUN FACTS:

  • Tomatoes are actually classified as fruits of the tomato plant

  • There are more than 7500 varieties of tomatoes grown around the world

  • They originated from around the area of modern-day Peru and was first used as food by the Aztecs in Southern Mexico

  • China is the largest producer of tomatoes, followed by the United States and India, respectively

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a heart-healthy antioxidant and cancer-fighter

  • They are packed with vitamins A and C, as well as calcium and potassium

  • Tomatoes yield their nutritional benefits better when cooked rather than raw

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