Garden Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa

Garedn Fresh Tomatoes and Salsa

Fresh produce from the garden. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? SALSA!!

But first a little tomato trivia:

The U.S. Congress passed the Tariff Act of 1883 which levied a ten percent duty on imported vegetables to protect American growers from foreign competition. This same year they declared the tomato a vegetable, so it could be included in the tariff, and from that time on the fruit was converted to a vegetable.

Tomato At Its Best, When Cooked

Tomatoes are at their peak, and now is the time to roast or cook and can them. Roasting or cooking tomatoes make them better for you, as the lycopene is higher after being cooked. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is great for keeping the heart healthy and on beat. Harvard Medical School says that one slice of raw tomato contains approximately 515 micrograms of lycopene, while 2 tablespoons of tomato paste contains 13,800 micrograms of lycopene.

Here are some info-graphics that the Health News Library has post about tomatoes over the past year (2013-14).

Preventing skin damage with tomatoes

tomatoes and cancer

With the harvest of our latest tomatoes, we remembered a recipe we have for Fresh Mexican Salsa in the form of a video. After viewing the video check out this link for more information on the benefits of tomatoes: Protecting Your Skin From the Sun.

Enjoy the video and we hope you prepare Fresh Mexican Salsa with your garden fresh tomatoes.

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Pomegranate Greens and Orange Vinaigrette

Pomegranate Greens & Orange Vinaigrette

 

The pomegranate was introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769. Today in the U.S. the pomegranate is cultivated in parts of California and Arizona. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February and in the Southern Hemisphere, the pomegranate is in season from March to May. So there’s a good chance of finding this fruit any time at the market.

What are the benefits of eating this tasty sweet fruit? According to the web-site Suit101 it states, “Pomegranates contain many vitamins and nutrients necessary for the body to function properly and stay healthy in the long run. One medium-sized fruit contains:

100 calories

1g of dietary fiber, equal to 4 percent of the recommended daily value

4 percent recommended dosage of vitamin A

15 percent daily value of vitamin C

2 percent daily value of iron

These vitamins are important to daily bodily functions, but the most important health benefits of pomegranates are antioxidants. Pomegranates contain three times as many antioxidants as red wine and green tea. In fact, they contain the most antioxidants of any natural food” ( suite101.com ).

Pomegranates contain antioxidants, an element that combats the enzyme that eats away at cartilage. These antioxidants also help clear arteries of plaque helping to prevent heart disease. It also can lower blood pressure and the risk of stroke.

As shown in this image the pomegranate looks like this, as shown on the left side. But when you open it, it can contain over a 600 seeds. How is possible to easily extract them without getting juice stains on your hands and clothing?

pomegranate
Here are some images that a blogger has allowed us to use, Fae’s Twist & Tango, and the author of the blog is Fae.
Photos and captions by Fae’s Twist and Tango
1. Cut the pomegranate across the equator

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2. Using a wooden spatula, protecting your fingers, hit the pomegranate hard all around. In a matter of seconds all seeds fall out!

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Now enjoy the video: Pomegranate Greens and Orange Vinaigrette

 

Sources:

Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia

Fae’s Twist & Tango   How to de-seed a pomegranate (photos by Fae)

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10 Best Spices And Their Health Benefits

10 Best Spices And Their Health Benefits

10 of the most common spices used to cook with. They have benefits for two reasons, adding flavor to your recipes, and better health.

Chili Peppers

Benefits: Antioxidant, anti-irritant properties, cold remedy, helps with weight loss, hearth health, digestion, balances LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
(Source: webmd.com)

Turmeric

Antioxidant loaded with nutrients: Protein, Dietary Fiber, Niacin, Vitamins C, E and K, Sodium Potassium, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc.
Benefits: Cancer Prevention, Arthritis Reliever, Diabetes Control, Heals Wounds, Alzheimers Prevention, Improves Digestion, Natural Liver Detoxifier, Weight Management, Reduces Cholesterol, Boosts Immune System.
(Source: cnn.com)

Garlic

Benefits: Atherosclerosis, High Cholesterol, Heart Disease, and Hypertension.
(Source: WebMD)
Oregano

Benefits: Antioxidants for Immune System Support, Antifungal, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory Properties, Cancer-Fighting Effects And Upper Respiratory Infections.
(Source: Mercola.com)

Basil

Also Known As Saint Joseph’s Wort, This Spice Is Rich In Antioxidants, Vitamins A, K, C, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, and Calcium.
Benefits: Reduces Inflammation and Swelling And Anti-Aging Properties.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Thyme

A Wonderful Herb With Culinary, Medicinal and Ornamental Uses.
Benefits: Acne, High Blood Pressure, Protection From Foodborne Bacterial Infections, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer and Yeast Infections.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Rosemary

Great Source of Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Elements.
Benefits: Improves Digestion, Engances Memory and Concentration, Neurological Protection, Prevents Brain Aging and Helps In Cancer Treatment.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Parsley

Nutrients: Vitamins K, C, A, Folate, Fiber, Iron, Anti-Oxidant Nutrients,
Benefits: Heart Health, Protection From Rheumatoid Arthritis.
(Source: WHFoods.org)

Ginger

Used In Antacid, Laxative and Anti-Gas Medications
Benefits: Muscle Pain From Exercise, Chemotherapy Nausea, Ovarian Cancer, Asthma, High Blood Pressure, Painful Menstruation and Migraines.
(Source: Medical News Today)

Clove

Benefits And Uses: Diarrhea, Upset Stomach, Expectorant, Hernia, Bad Breath, Intestinal Gas, Nausea, Vomiting, Tooth Ache Pain, Topical Remedy for Pain, Mouth and Throat Inflammation.
(Source: WebMD)

 

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Fresh Mexican Salsa

Fresh Mexican Salsa

Salsa is good nutrition and a condiment . The tomatoes, provide Vitamin C and significant amounts of Vitamins A and B which includes niacin, and riboflavin. The minerals to consider are magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, chromium, and foliate.

Chilies play a prominent role in Mexican cuisine and there is much more to them than just being hot or spicy to the palate. They contain anti-oxidants and are high in vitamin C, B-6 and other trace minerals.  Chilies naturally raise metabolic rate. Its active ingredient, capsaicin, generates heat and also increase heart rate when consumed, both of which help to burn calories. Medical studies done with capsaicin  using red bell peppers and chilies, reported that capsaicin can suppress the appetite.

The World Health Organization (WHO) supports the use of onions for the treatment of poor appetite, the prevention of atherosclerosis, the treatments of coughs, colds, asthma and bronchitis. To finish it off, limes or lemons have high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, potassium, folic acid and flavonoids.

Salsa is a meal in itself with all that nutrition. Enjoy the video!!

Fresh Mexican Salsa

5 red tomatoes chopped, medium sized

½ medium yellow onion, diced

3 Serrano peppers, diced

½ cup cilantro, chopped

¼ cup lemon juice

Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and Serrano peppers (leave ribs for a mildly hotter salsa, if not remove ribs as well). Chop and dice the onion, tomato and peppers. Mix in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice and mix in until well incorporated. Fill two mason jars and store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Enjoy with tortilla chips or any Mexican meal.

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