Ah the oh-so-common fruit (yes, fruit) that is uncommonly delicious, especially in a garlicky pasta sauce.
Did you know, in the 1890s, the Supreme Court deemed the tomato a vegetable for tax purposes, but botanically the tomato is a fruit – it grows from the base of the flower and houses the seeds of the plant.
Why are tomatoes red?
Tomatoes get their reddish hue from a chemical called lycopene, an antioxidant that may protect cells from cancer-causing free radicals. Besides enjoying these ripe vine delectable fruit in your next salad or BLT, give a try used directly on your skin for many other benefits.
It turns out that tomatoes contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that work wonders when you slice them open and put them on your hair or face. Lycopene, the carotenoid that gives the tomato its red color, is key in reversing signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A also helps to heal and repair damaged skin cells.
So – give them a toss on your next burger and slice a few extra for your next facial too!