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Tomatoes, Salad

The tomato is botanically a fruit, but often considered a vegetable for culinary purposes. It originated in South America but is now widely grown throughout the world. The tomato belongs to the nightshade family and can be either red, yellow, orange, purple, green, or brown in color. (Read more about tomatoes on Wikipedia.)

Tomatoes are exceptionally high in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium. They are probably best known for being a rich source of lycopene, a phytochemical that has been vigorously studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. Tomato lycopene has been found to protect against prostate, colorectal, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers, and the list keeps growing! (Read more about the health benefits of tomatoes on World's Healthiest Foods and get your nutrition facts on

Keep tomatoes at room temperature until ripened. Once ripened, tomatoes will last for a few days. Try to avoid refrigerating tomatoes whenever possible, as it severely affects their flavor.

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