|There were cases of canning tomatoes at S4 Greenhouses.|
Canning tomatoes is a very tricky business as you have to use complicated and time consuming hot water baths to seal your jars perfectly to ensure that you don't give yourself food poisoning down the road. I'm not saying don't try it, but have a little canning experience under your belt first.
|Really, any tomato will do for this recipe.|
Tomatoes are one of those super foods. Packed with antioxidants and lycopene they are great for men to eat as they protect against prostate cancer, along with lung and stomach cancers. A Harvard University research study in 1995 found, by studying the eating habits of 47,000 men, that men eating ten servings or more of tomatoes a week of tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, and even pizza had 45% fewer prostate cancer than those men who ate fewer than 2 servings a week. Now those are impressive findings!
|Did you know that field-ripened tomatoes have twice the|
vitamin C of those grown in a hothouse environment?
To get the most out of the lycopene in those tomatoes, you need to consume them with a little fat. Yes, fat. Lycopene is a carotenoid, and is a fat-soluble nutrient. Digesting them with fat-rich foods like oils, nuts and avocados make for an ideal nutritional situation.
And for those of you wanting to know the answer to a burning question... yes, they are a fruit and not a vegetable! But did you know that they are also, technically speaking, a berry?
Pete Luckett, in his Greengrocer's Kitchen recommends selecting tomatoes that are heavy for their size and firm, but not hard. And he says that a tomato should smell like a tomato -- fruity and earthy.
This recipe is as simple as it gets. Easy to make and delicious as a pizza or a pasta sauce. Slightly sweet, and quite mild, it lacks the acidity or pungency of other tomato sauces. You can make it and freeze it now in small portions, or you can simply freeze the tomatoes in the amount required for the recipe and haul them out in the winter.
|Heirloom tomatoes, like these at Dargatz Family Farm's booth|
are rich in flavour and texture. Experiment with them!
1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 T. tomato paste
8 large basil leaves (or one large ice cube packed with chopped basil leaves from the garden)
2 t. raw, organic honey
sea salt & fresh ground pepper
|The Plot has gorgeous (and inexpensive) bags of fresh basil.|
Heat a skillet. Add the oil and heat until just before it begins to smoke. Add the onion, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent. Add the reserved tomatoes, basil and tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low & simmer 45 minutes-1 hour, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat & purée with an immersion blender until smooth. Add honey & season with salt & pepper.
Freeze in 1c. containers for easy defrosting when making homemade pizza.
- Riverbend Gardens, Dargatz Family Farm, S4 Greenhouses and the Holden Colony have plenty of tomato varieties from which to choose.
- Riverbend Gardens and Holden Colony have cooking onions
- Packages of gorgeous, sweet basil can be found at The Plot
- Holden Colony has wonderful honey
Nutritional information from The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S. (p. 66-67), and The Greengrocer's Kitchen, by Pete Luckett (p. 146)
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