Aug 31 2010

Here’s Tomatoes to Your Health

Make a simple tomato salad using a variety or heirloom tomatoes and basil

Get the tomatoes while they are still plentiful. This tomato salad includes purple Cherokee, yellow pear, stripey,and rose from our garden with a brandywine, red and green zebra ones from the Asheville City tail gate market. I then added purple and green basil leaves and some local mozzarella cheese! I tossed the salad with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and I hope to make it several more times before the frost hits! I had my own private tomato tasting and determined that the the purple Cherokee and the stripey won for my favorites! I will be sure that they have a place in my garden for next year. My husband and I also picked up a big box of tomatoes from the farmer’s market and made a big batch of salsa to enjoy through the winter. We just used even amounts of tomatoes, hot peppers and onion. Added garlic, salt and vinegar and placed in canning jars and processed them in a hot water bath. I hope to pick up a box or two more and put away a few tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and maybe a little more salsa. Jar number one is already missing and it is not even winter! Tomatoes are a great source of potassium, Vitamin C, fiber and lycopene and are also very low in calories so eat up!

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