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An heirloom tomato is not just one kind of tomato, but any tomato variety that has been passed down through the generations, a “family heirloom". Selection: The best way to check for ripeness is to very gently press the tomato with your thumb. If there is no mark, then the tomato is not ripe; but if an indentation does appear it is ripe and ready to eat. In general, one medium-sized heirloom tomato contains about 35 calories, 1/2 gram of fat, 1 gram of protein and 7 grams of carbohydrates (4 are simple sugars, 1 is fiber and 1 is complex sugars) and a great source of vitamin C and potassium.

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Rich in vitamins and minerals, they can add color, flavor, and texture to a sandwich, soup, salad or sauce. A versatile choice, they can be enjoyed raw, stuffed, baked, stewed, or grilled for sides, snacks or mains. If you have stored your tomatoes in the refrigerator, removing them 30 minutes prior to use will help them to regain their maximum flavor and juiciness. Remember to wash tomatoes (gently) in cold water to remove dirt and residues. When slicing for sandwiches or salads, hold the tomato vertically to prevent the juice and seeds from spilling out. For stuffed tomatoes, cut them horizontally to remove seeds and juice.

Food for Thought

At Nourse Farm we want folks to have a healthy relationship with food so we offer these resources where agriculture, nutrition, food preparation and people come together. Since we all eat food, let's become more connected with our food system together.  Visit us on the farm or check out these recommended readings because food matters when we are able to make smart choices for healthy bodies and a healthy planet.  The latest edition of the Nourse Farm cookbook is READY.  Download it here.