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Canned tomatoes are out! Fresh tomatoes are in! It’s the season farm fresh heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes. They’re called heirlooms because the seeds for each type were passed down through generations of family farmers. Now many gardeners and farmers can grow different kinds. They sell them at farmer’s markets so we can all try and pick our favorites.

My favorite is the Green Zebra because they are small and green like me! Even though I am a little tree frog and not a zebra.

These tomatoes are not the same as supermarket tomatoes. Heirlooms have a lot more flavor and all taste a little bit different. That’s because how and where you grow a tomato changes the way it looks and tastes.

Some tomatoes are brown. Others are yellow and pink. Some are tart and good for salads. Others are more savory and good for sauce. Most all of them are sweet and very juicy. You can use all these tomatoes in your favorite recipes.

I love to make fresh tomato sauce with my tomatoes. I like to add different herbs, which are also in season, like basil!

Next time you need a tomato try an heirloom from a farmer or farmer’s market. Try one today before the season is over. They are delicious and healthy!

Tomato Fun Facts:

  • Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in red foods

  • They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium

  • Tomatoes are originally from the Americas and travelled to the rest of the world during trade.

  • In 2013, salsa beat ketchup as America's #1 condiment, both made from tomatoes*

Resources:

  1. What is an Heirloom Tomato?

  2. The 19 Most Delicious Heirloom Tomatoes in the World

News Source:

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2013/10/17/salsa-outsells-ketchup-as-american-tastes-change.html

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