Hello Central Park West CSA Members!
I hope that everyone is enjoying this lovely summer weather. Here are the vegetables that you can expect to see tomorrow when you pick up your shares:
Vegetable Spotlight: Tomatoes
TOMATOES ARE HERE! The often fan-favorite of the summer vegetables, tomatoes are both versatile in cooking as well as packed with nutrients. Frequently seen in soups, sides, salads, entrees, dips and sauces- tomatoes can be eaten raw, cooked or anywhere in between.
Tomatoes are a great source of Vitamins C, A and K, potassium and folate as well as an excellent source of lycopene, the antioxidant that gives red, orange and yellow tomatoes their coloring. Results from a study done by Bhosale et al. (2004, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry) showed a direct relationship in both human and animals between a high dietary intake of carotenoids [lycopene] and a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and age-related macular degeneration ( 2004 ).
So the time has come to break out the salt shaker or whip up a BLT; however you choose to enjoy this weeks’ spotlight vegetable and get your daily dose of lycopene!