Self-Care Challenge (Day 242): Eating Tomatoes (off the vine)

colorful cherry tomatoes

On day 242 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I plucked vine-ripe tomatoes.

There’s nothing like a warm, ripe tomato fresh from the garden. (Well, unless you happen to not like tomatoes, I guess.)

I don’t remember the first time I decided to pluck one from the vine and bite into it like an apple, but the moment I did I knew it wouldn’t be the last time. The sunbaked flavor burst was out of this world–unlike the blasé-tasting tomatoes commonly found in supermarkets these days.

Every year we’ve planted tomatoes without much success. Three hours of sun isn’t much, especially for tomatoes. But this year, we got more strategic and planted several in pots that we were can move around as the sun changes its position in the sky from spring to summer. We didn’t get a significant harvest, but we did get a few sweet 100 cherry tomatoes – just enough to pick and munch while walking by.

In addition to being flavorful, tomatoes contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Carotinoids, like lutein, are phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that offer protective health benefits, not just to plants, but to humans too. It’s been estimated that a single tomato can contain as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals.

And if you don’t like tomatoes, no need to worry. Eggs, corn, and a number of other foods contain quite a bit of lutein as well.

What’s your favorite garden treat?

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