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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Tomato

One of the tomato’s most important health benefits is its high amount of lycopene. Lycopene is a phytochemical found in red foods and is considered a potentially cancer-fighting antioxidant.

Did You Know?

  • Tomatoes contain vitamins A and C, which may help fight infection and keep hair, bones and skin healthy.
  • Botanically, the tomato is a fruit — legally, it’s considered a vegetable.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat between 22 and 24 pounds of tomatoes per person, per year.
  • Tomatoes come in every color of the rainbow except for blue1 You can find them in red, orange, yellow, green and even purple.
  • Eating a Florida tomato is like taking a bite of sunshine. It’s true. According to tomato expert Harry Klee from the University of Florida, the more direct sun a tomato gets, the better and sweeter it will taste. 
  • Florida tomatoes are primarily grown in Collier, Dade, Gadsden, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee and Palm Beach counties.

Shopping, Preparing and Storing

  • An unripe tomato will ripen in a warm, sunny place like a windowsill.
  • Store tomatoes at room temperature, out of their packaging and never in the refrigerator.
  • Choose tomatoes that are plump and shiny and that give slightly when you apply pressure.

Cooking Tips

  • Tomatoes go well with basil, cumin, rosemary, dill, marjoram, tarragon and sage.
  • Tomatoes are perfect for every meal. Add diced tomatoes to scrambled eggs. Sliced tomatoes are great on sandwiches or in salads at lunch.

Tomato Nutrition

Serving size: 1 cup 

Calories: 32; Total Fat: 0 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Total Carbohydrates: 7 g; Protein: 2 g; Sodium: 9 mg

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