The best-tasting tomatoes arrive in farmer’s markets and backyard gardens during the hot months of August and September. Summer tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes are a revelation. Succulent, sweet and bursting with astounding flavor, tomatoes rank as America’s most popular home garden crop.
Botanically, the tomato is a fruit — a berry, to be precise. In 1893, however, the US classified it as a vegetable to settle a trade dispute. Whatever you want to call it, the tomato is central to the cuisine of many lands. Raw, cooked, dried, fresh or canned, its versatility is indisputable. And if that isn’t reason enough to sing its praises, the tomato is a nutritional powerhouse. It provides dietary fiber, vitamin C, iron and potassium, and is the major dietary source of lycopene. Recent studies suggest that lycopene, a carotenoid that gives the tomato its red color, is a potent antioxidant than may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The tomato has a long history. A New World native, it was cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 AD. The Spanish introduced tomatoes to Europe in the 16th century, but acceptance was slow, in large part because tomatoes are members of the poisonous nightshade family. They finally gained acceptance as an edible food in the 19th century, and by the mid-1800s, close to a thousand varieties of tomatoes were being grown across the United States, most of them regionally specific. It’s from this diverse "seed pool" of heritage tomatoes that dedicated conservators and gardeners rescued the varieties known as heirlooms today.
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A rich red nutrition
Earthbound Farm Organic Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins C and A, and a good source of vitamin K and potassium. This summer vegetable gets its bright red color from an antioxidant called lycopene. While more evidence is needed, research links lycopene to a number of potential health benefits when eaten as part of a low-fat, heart-healthy diet. Tomato products account for 85% of the lycopene in Americans’ diets, and cooking tomatoes converts the lycopene into a form that’s easier for the body to use.
Tomatoes are also packed with vitamin C, which promotes wound healing, supports the immune system, and aids in skin health. Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties that, as part of a healthy diet, may play a role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases. And vitamin C helps the body absorb plant-based iron — try adding juicy sliced tomatoes to a fresh spinach salad to maximize your iron absorption.
Why choose organic tomatoes?
Cherry tomatoes are #11 (and other tomatoes are #32) on the Environmental Working Group's “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” a list of produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. So choosing organic tomatoes makes good sense to help keep synthetic chemicals out of your diet — especially for children, whose growing bodies are so much more susceptible to environmental chemical exposures than adults’.
Every Earthbound tomato variety is raised without toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment and help keep pesticides out of our soil, air, water, and food supply. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic tomatoes taste better, too!
WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for tomatoes and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
With a cute bite-size oval shape and sweet flavor, grape tomatoes are snack and salad favorites — and like all tomatoes, they take naturally to a wide range of recipes.
Red Cherry Tomatoes
Convenient bite-size cherry tomatoes are great for salads and snacking — they work beautifully in cooked recipes, too.
Round Slicer Tomatoes
Tomatoes are known for their delicious versatility, from salads to salsas, sauces and beyond. They contain one of Nature’s most powerful antioxidants, lycopene, whose beneficial health effects increase with cooking.