Why I Eat Dark TomatoesTomatoes are a key component in a healthy human diet. Tomatoes are a major source of lycopene followed by beta–carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. During the ripening process, tomatoes go through a change in pigmentation. All tomatoes start green, then as lycopene accumulates in the skin surface of a tomato, it turns orange – then red – eventually turns dark as in NatureSweet Eclipses Tomatoes. The dark pigment correlates with an increased level of anthocyanins; molecules which hold elevated antioxidant levels.
Read my article about eating lycopene here: http://joannsfoodbites.com/lycopene/Harold McGee explains in his book On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, you can gauge healthfulness of vegetables and fruit with your eye, “the deeper its color, the more healthful the food is likely to be. The more light a leaf gets, the more pigments and antioxidants it needs to handle the energy input, and so the darker the coloration of the leaf,” (page 257).
Other Beneficial Nutrients From NatureSweet Eclipses TomatoesThey provide small amounts of several useful dietary minerals, such as magnesium and potassium which regulates blood pressure. According to the National Institute of Health, regular consumption of dark tomatoes along with other anthocyanin-rich foods has been found to offer protection against coronary heart disease. Because dark tomatoes are full of vitamin C, a known anti-inflammatory, they are a good food to consider if you suffer from arthritis. With almost 95% water content, tomatoes are great in hot weather because they counteract dehydration.
What Makes NatureSweet Eclipses UniqueNatureSweet grows tomatoes in various shapes, sizes, and colors; however, the Eclipses are the best slicing tomato in the NatureSweet Family. NatureSweet does not grow their product in traditional soil. Instead, they use coconut husks, which are disease resistant and require less water. To protect against extreme weather and to allow year-round harvesting, NatureSweet grows their tomatoes in greenhouses. Associates take pride in providing the sweetest and freshest tomatoes available. The crop is hand-picked and shipped within 24 hours of harvest.
My Recipes Using NatureSweet Eclipses Tomatoes
We love fresh salsa and the Eclipses tomato provide perfect sweet fresh flavor, especially in the summertime.
My quick salsa can be prepared and served in under 10 minutes.
Prepped and served in less than 20 minutes, I use only seven easy to acquire ingredients.
- 1 small red onion, quartered
- 1 jalapeno, seeded
- 1/4 cup fresh, cilantro leaves only, cannot use dried
- 4 NatureSweet Eclipses Tomatoes, diced
- 4 NatureSweet Glory Tomatoes, whole
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture.
- Add remaining mixture to a blender.
- Blend for 10-15 seconds. Turn off blender if necessary and tamper down.
- Pour blender contents into a serving bowl and gently mix in the reserved salsa, which gives the salsa a chunky style.
- Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76
Here are some other delicious recipes using fresh Nature Sweet Eclipses Tomatoes
Do not be deceived by their darker color. NatureSweet Eclipses Tomatoes have a higher nutrient content, along with a rich complex, sweeter flavor than the traditional red tomatoes.
For more information, check out their website at http://naturesweet.com/