Sunday, 2 December 2012

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are smaller tomatoes that are generally sweeter than larger tomatoes. They come in different shapes and colors, including yellow, orange, red, green strips and black. Cherry tomatoes are packed full of vitamins including Vitamin A, C, E as well as potassium and other mineral salts.

Usage: Fruit snacks, use in salad, as appetizer or as a garnish.

Selection: When selecting tomatoes in the market, select cherry tomatoes that are big, firm, smooth-skinned and bright colour.

Storage: Refrigerating cherry tomatoes can spoil their flavour, usually people just store them at room temperature and use within a few days.

Health Benefits: A research published in the May 2005 medical journal " Biochimica et Biophysica Acta" indicate that eating tomatoes regularly could reduce the risk of men getting prostate cancer. Tomatoes cantain high level of lycopene (茄红素), a red carotenoid pigment which can promote prostate health.

For great cherry tomato recipes, you can check out the links below:  

References: Cherry tomatoes nutrition information
2 The health benefits of tomatoes

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