For many people, a fresh tomato is the perfect summer treat. Some like to eat their tomatoes the way you eat a whole apple, and in fact tomatoes were once referred to as “love apples.” Even if you don’t love to eat them whole, there are many ways to enjoy tomatoes in your favorite summer meals.
Some tomatoes come in funky shapes, colors and sizes. These tomatoes can have a more distinct flavor and coloring than a typical grocery-store tomato. No matter the shape, tomatoes eaten in season–preferably fresh from the garden or farm–taste delicious.
Did you know?
- Tomatoes aren’t always red–they can also be green, purple, brown, orange and yellow.
- The tomato is technicaly a fruit, not a vegetable.
- There are more than 7,500 varieties (different kinds) of tomatoes in the world
An easy way to use tomatoes is to make a fresh summer salsa. Be sure to ask for help from an adult when using a sharp knife for chopping.
3 medium-sized fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped (optional)
1 mango, peach or seeded pomegranate, chopped (optional)
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If you are going to use jalapeño, be careful not to touch your eyes after chopping, and wear rubber gloves. Add a small amount at a time so your salsa doesn’t become too spicy for your taste buds. Let sit for an hour for the flavors to combine. Enjoy with tortilla chips, eggs or just plain with a spoon!