Tomato facts and general information about tomatoes.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Tomatoes are Available:
When planted in late spring tomato blossoms will grow into green
fruit and will ripen red by mid summer through September or the
**Depending on where you live tomatoes are available year round but
lack in taste during the off season.**
How do Tomatoes Grow:
Tomatoes grow from a seed. They need lots of warm weather, water and
What to Look for When Buying a Tomato:
Bright red color, no bruises, or spots
You can also buy them light red color and let them ripen after
Tomato Facts- Storage Tips:
Store at room temperature not in the fridge. Remember tomatoes
originate from warm southern temperatures and they like to stay
How to Cook with Tomatoes:
Chopped or pureed in sauces or soups or diced in salads, salsas,
dips. Eat as is.
Tomato Nutrition Facts:
Tomatoes are a source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. They are also high
in Lycopene which helps fight heart disease and some cancers.
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1 large tomato
1 can tuna, drained and flaked
4 teaspoon mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon chopped celery
Make tuna salad by mixing tuna, mayonnaise and chopped celery in a
bowl. Cut tomato in half on top lengthwise by the stem. Scoop out
pulp, leaving a ½ inch shell. Spoon tuna mixture into tomato shells
place on a baking sheet and broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 4-5
minutes until heated through.
**You can try chicken salad instead of tuna, if desired.
Mom's Fresh Salsa
Tomatoes cut up and diced
Onions, however much you want
Small can of mild green chilies
Salt to taste
This recipe is very much a taste as you go method. Start with the
number of tomatoes you'd like to use, then add one onion, 1 can of
green chilies, 2 garlic cloves and ¼ teaspoon salt and then taste to
see if you'd like more flavor. This is a good way to let kids
experiment and create their own version.