Garden-fresh Tomatoes

Featured Article, In Season, Ingredient, Summer
on July 28, 2011
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Next time you're at the farmers' market look beyond the red tomatoes. Researchers from Ohio State University report that orange tomatoes have a type of lycopene that is absorbed better than the lycopene in red tomatoes—two and a half times better. A beneficial antioxidant, lycopene is touted as a preventative of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. It's also believed to be a fertility booster for women and men alike.

Pile orange-hued varietals on pizzas and sandwiches, in sauces and soups—or try an alternative Bloody Mary with a little more bite than the sipping sort. Plunge tomatoes first in boiling water then in an icy bath. Peel and marinate for half a day or so in vodka and hot sauce; sprinkle with kosher salt and serve.

For more main dish appeal, try these fresh recipes—use any tomatoes you have on hand.