Healthy living

Tomato

Varieties of tomato
L to R from top: cherry tomato, tomato, roma tomato

Botanically a fruit but used as a vegetable. Used in sandwiches, salads, soups, casseroles, vegetable side dishes, sauces and dressings.

Varieties

  • Common: apple sized and shaped.
  • Roma: similar in size and shape to a plum or an egg.
  • Cherry tomato: very small and round.
  • Grape: small and grape-shaped,recently available in supermarkets.
  • Vine ripened tomatoes are available for a higher cost.

Selection

Select bright coloured tomatoes free from blemish.

Storage

At room temperature away from direct sunlight to allow for natural ripening. To avoid over-ripening tomatoes can be stored in refrigerator crisper.

Serving suggestion

Layer slices of grilled eggplant with slices of tomato and bocconcini or mozzarella cheese. Scatter a few fresh basil leaves on top and a drizzle of Italian salad dressing.


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