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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Fresh Mexican Salsa

Fresh Mexican Salsa

Salsa is a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine, served as a condiment with tacos, stirred into soups and stews, or incorporated into tamale fillings.

Salsa fresca or fresh salsa is made with tomatoes and chilies. It also includes ingredients such as onions, chilies, an acid and herbs.

Fresh salsa is typically piquant, ranging from mild to extremely hot.

The Nutrition of Fresh Mexican Salsa

Mexican salsa can flaunt good nutrition.

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.

chili peppersChilies play a prominent role in Mexican cuisine. 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 have found that the capsaicin in chilies can suppress the appetite, at least slightly.

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, B-6, potassium, folate, 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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