The easiest way to peel tomatoes is to cut a small cross at the base of each tomato, place them in boiling water, allow them to stand for about 30 seconds (depending on the thickness of the skin) and then plunge them into cold water.
Blush tomatoes are a highly nutritious food:
- Fat and cholesterol free
- High in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect cells from oxygen damage and has been shown to protect against major chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer
- An excellent source of Vitamin C and A, which helps the body absorb iron and contributes to healthy skin, muscles, hair, bones and teeth
- Contain Vitamin E which helps blood transport oxygen around the body and which can protect against heart disease
- A source of B vitamins, supplying the body with the energy needed to activate and potassium to fuel the development of muscle tissue and control high blood pressure
- Contain fibre, which helps you maintain a healthy digestive system and keeps you regular.
- Contain Folate, which is important during pregnancy as it can prevent birth defects. Folate also helps to protect against osteoporosis and anaemia.
The benefits of Lycopene
Lycopene, an open-chain unsaturated carotenoid that imparts the red colour to our tomatoes, is a proven antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, which can damage cells in the human body.
Studies have shown that a diet rich in tomato products lowers the risk of cancer of the digestive tract. In one six-year study by Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, the diets of more than 47,000 men were studied. Of 46 fruits and vegetables evaluated, only the tomato products showed a measurable relationship to reduce prostate cancer risk.
REF: Stahl, W. and Sies, H. lycopene: a biologically important carotenoid for humans? Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 336: 1-9, 1996
Not only have tomatoes shown to be helpful in reducing the risk of prostate cancer they’ve also been found to protect against a number of serious diseases including breast, lung and pancreatic cancer, heart disease and stroke.
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It’s a common misconception that tomatoes should be kept in the fridge. In fact, cold temperatures stop tomatoes from ripening, and cause their texture and flavour to deteriorate.
Tomatoes are best eaten when they are a rich red colour and have softened slightly. Always store your Blush tomatoes in a dry place at room temperature. Never seed tomatoes, because the seeds contain significant nutritional benefits.
Remember, apples in the fridge, tomatoes in the fruit bowl!