We are thankfully in the heart of Tomato season. A moment that should not be underestimated in terms of how wonderful it can be. I feel as if many of us have become used to eating tomatoes all year round and there’s something fundamentally wrong about this. Not least because of the flavour, but also importantly because of what a true seasonally ripe tomato can give you.
Tomatoes are a major source of the antioxidant lycopene found in highest concentration in the skin of red ripe tomatoes (great for your heart health, thought to have an impact on prevention of abnormal cell growth and shown to protect against sunburn) as well as being a great source of vitamin C (an essential antioxidant – an average sized tomato provides around 25% of your RDI), vitamin K (great for bone health and blood clotting), potassium (good for your blood pressure) and folate (which is vitamin B9 – really good for normal tissue growth and therefore particularly good during pregnancy).
It’s near impossible to pick our favourite recipes with Tomatoes, but here are three that we are enjoying almost weekly at the moment!
Bulgur with tomato, aubergine and preserved lemon yoghurt
And very soon, sugo for the winter