Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes
Country Of Origin: Turkey
Heirloom tomatoes are available in the summer and fall.
The Heirloom Tomatoes are quite large, each fruit averaging just over one pound, and they have an attractive pastel pink colouration with golden-green stripes. Their skin is quite thin as their fleshy walls offer a meaty texture, while the interior holds a burst of sweet and tangy juice.
The elegant, sweet and mild flavour of heirloom tomatoes compliments most dishes. Enjoy ripe tomatoes by eating them fresh in salads and sandwiches, or try grilling and layering atop burgers, or stuffing with cheese and herbs then roasting them. Tomatoes are especially delicious when paired with Italian flavours like oregano, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and fresh mozzarella cheese, but can also be enjoyed alongside parmesan cheese, bacon, mushrooms, avocado, crusty loaves of bread, strawberries, chickpeas, eggs, fennel, parsley, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A, along with a large range of valuable cancer-fighting phytochemicals, most notably lycopene. Research shows that the protective effects of tomatoes against prostate cancer and heart disease result from the synergy of lycopene and other phytonutrients that are naturally present in whole tomatoes.