Harvest Spotlight: Tomatoes
Rich, mature tomatoes are a great source of Vitamins C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, potassium, and folate. Tomatoes have health benefits like lowering heart disease, cancer prevention, and skin health.
How to Harvest
Harvest time for tomatoes generally is late summer. Depending on preference you can harvest your tomatoes when they are a mature green or a mature red. Harvesting the tomato, firmly but gently grip the tomato then grab the stem. After you have the stem and fruit in hand pull the fruit gently breaking the vine off of the tomato.
A small Spanish town in Buñol has a yearly festival called La Tomatina. During this festival, thousands of people gather around the town and have a huge tomato food fight.
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