The most common and versatile variety that is round in shape. Gourmet tomatoes have a ‘zing’ flavour making them a mix of sweet (the redder they are, the sweeter the flavour) and tangy, perfect for salads and chutneys. They are in season from January to May depending on season conditions.
These tomatoes are slender in shape (similar to an egg). They have more flesh/pulp and a sweeter flavour which is why they are popular for making sauces and tomato paste. They are in season from February to early April.
Tomatoes are a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall good health. They are a valuable part of a healthy diet. Here are some of the key contributors and their benefits:
The skin has high levels of the antioxidant Lycopene (the redder the fruit, the higher the levels), which has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer along with improving skin health.
They include Vitamin C, an essential nutrient and antioxidant, along with Vitamin K which is important for blood clotting and bone health.
Folate is particularly important for pregnant women as it plays an important role in normal tissue growth and cell function.
They aid in the uptake of iron, that’s why they are perfect for bbq’s!