6 Reasons You Should be Talking about Heirloom Tomatoes

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You SHOULD be talking about Heirloom Tomatoes.

Because they rock.

And they look super cool. But don’t just take it from me. There are many families that have known this for much longer than I’ve been touting how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Heirloom tomato seeds are viewed as a valuable family legacy that is passed from generation to generation. For an heirloom tomato to qualify for heirloom status it has to have been around for at least 50 years. Newer genetic variations are classified as hybrids.

Here’s the scoop:

1. Heirloom tomatoes store vitamin K, which is necessary for strong healthy bones. Back this up with consistent weight training 3 -5 times/week and you are on your way to preventing osteoporosis as you get older.

2. These great tasting unique looking tomatoes pack Vitamin C which lends to boosting our immune system and are rich in potassium – this aids in protecting our cardiovascular health.

3. Organically grown have higher levels of lycopene – this is a type of carotenoid that has been shown to protect against a multitude of cancers such as bladder, breast, cervical and skin to mention a few.

4. They are rich in potassium, which is known to lower blood pressure.

5. Heirloom tomatoes add a ton of  flavour to recipes while low in calories. At about 30 calories per cup, you can enjoy these flavourful gems anytime you like, adding them to many dishes for extra flavour and colour.

6. You’ll be the coolest kid on the block when you take this salad to your next family event.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

2 pints assorted Heirloom Tomatoes, sliced

1 bunch green onions, sliced thin (use greens and white part)

1 bunch Basil, cut Chiffonade (thinly sliced)

2 cups Baby Arugula

1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

to taste Himalayan Salt and  Fresh Ground Pepper

In a bowl gently mix together tomatoes, green onion, basil and half of the balsamic and olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper. Let sit for 20 minutes for flavours to blend. Combine remaining oil and vinegar and set aside.

When you are ready to serve, plate 1/4 cup of baby arugula and top with tomato mixture. Dress with remaining vinaigrette as desired. Top with more fresh ground pepper.

Super yummy and refreshing! The varied colours of the Heirloom or “Heritage” tomatoes make this an easy dish to wow guests….and it’s so good for them too!!!! That’s a double win for sure.

Happy eating!

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