Vegetable of the Month - Cherry Tomato

DID YOU KNOW...? FUN FACTS!

  Farm Interns, Lily, Yoni, and Sam are enthusiastic about this summer's tomato harvest!

Farm Interns, Lily, Yoni, and Sam are enthusiastic about this summer's tomato harvest!

  • Cherry tomatoes are part of the nightshade family which includes, you may remember, potatoes, eggplants, and (our July Vegetable of the Month) Bell Peppers!
  • Tomatoes originated in lower Andes on the west coast of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
  • Although, technically not a vegetable, tomatoes were labeled as such by the U.S. government in the late 1800s so they could be taxed under custom regulations.
  • According to the USDA, every American eats an average of about 22 to 24 pounds of tomatoes per year.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Cherry tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which supports the immune system, and Potassium, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Cherry tomatoes also contain many compounds shown to fight various types of cancer. These include, Zea-xanthin, Lycopene, and Beta-carotene.

RECIPES

Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes 

Easy Summer Gazpacho

Cherry Tomato and Fava Bean Salad

Caprese Salad

Grape and Cherry Tomato Salsa