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Take advantage of fresh tomatoes in your cooking and salads

20 Sep

I am reaping tomatoes that I have not sown. A few plants started growing on my composting heap and I am beginning to reap it.  Some consider this a fruit and others a vegetable. Whatever it is just eat as much as you can while it is in season. Tomatoes are really high in all kinds of nutrients that sustains the body well.

Tomatoes are at the height of their season from summer to fall. During these months, farmers’ markets boast an abundance of juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes by the barrel or basket. And if the tasteof this colorful fruit isn’t enough to sway you, consider this: Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful carotenoid that may help to prevent heart disease and cancer, especially prostate cancer.  Go for it.

I am heading out this Saturday to the Farmer’s Market to buy even more so that I can freeze some.

Being duped by advertisers

2 Sep

I just came back from Price Choppers and they had some delicious looking cherry tomatoes. I love cherry tomatoes especially the sweet one. There two types side by side but they were advertising the cherry tomatoes as “super sweet”.  I bought one of each and couldn’t wait to get home to wash the cherry tomatoes and plunk a couple in my mouth. I was so disappointed. They were both very tart and not so palatable for me. Some people may like tart things but not me. 

This is false advertisement. Didn’t someone taste these things.

Anyway fresh figs are also in supermarkets. I guess they are in season. I urge you get some of this fresh goodness and nutrition packed fruit while it is in season. I was picking up some and an Italian man was also picking up some from the bin, carefully choosing particular ones. I asked him if they tasted comparably to those that come from Italy (these were from California).  He said that in Italy they do not even bother with the plum-coloured figs. They preferred the green ones. He said these days they don’t both with them that much because they attract bees, they are labour intensive to collect and besides there are so many other fruits – these just are thrown by the wayside. Imagine!

These fruits are naturally sweet. If you are baking, these could easily replace sugar in a big way and save a heck of a lot of calories. I love these figs, love the crunchy insides because of the fine seeds.

Check it out at your local supermarkets and try these tasty fruits – they’ll do you good.

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