Tasty Tomato Recipes
Make the most of the last days of ripe, luscious tomatoes with these tantalizing dishes
Today on The Daily Meal
For tomato lovers, there is no better time of year than late July through September. Also known has the heavenly tomato months (OK, I may have made that up), but it is when tomatoes are in season and taste the best. Yes, you can get them year round, but they don't have that incredible flavor that you get with heirloom and vine-ripened tomatoes.
Most tomatoes from the farmers' market really only need a sprinkle of good quality salt when they are perfectly ripe — anything more dilutes the lovely flavor of them. However, they can also be used in a variety of dishes that taste infinitely better when made with fresh tomatoes in season. When shopping, look for tomatoes that are firm but with a slight give and without blemishes or bruises. And please, do not commit the sin of refrigerating them. They should be kept at room temperature, otherwise they will turn mealy in the cold and lose their flavor.
Tomatoes are not only tasty but also incredibly healthy: They are full of the carotenoid lycopene, which has gotten a lot of press recently for its cancer-protecting properties. They are also a good source of vitamin C as well as vitamins A and B, fiber, iron, potassium, and phosphorus. So it's a great idea to load up on them while the season lasts.
To help you in this process, we came up with these fantastic tomato-focused recipes. Let us know what you think and if you have any go-to tomato recipes of your own!
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