Food Friday: The Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Eating lycopene-packed tomatoes is good for your health. Eating tomatoes is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, and high blood pressure.

Plump Cherokees the color of red wine. Cheerful pumpkin-colored Early Girls. It’s prime time for heirloom tomatoes. Are you enjoying them?

You should. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties, that gives them their red color. Translation: Eating tomatoes is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, and high blood pressure.

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad with Feta Cheese

Serves 4

2 large ripe heirloom tomatoes

2 medium ripe peaches

1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

The juice of 1/2 lemon

A sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

1 to 2 springs fresh mint, torn into small pieces

1. Slice tomatoes and peaches into wedges and place on a serving plate.

2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Pour over the tomatoes and peaches. Add mint leaves and feta. Serve.

Photo and recipe by Susan Russo of Food Blogga.