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‘Tis the season for field tomatoes!

Nothing compares to the flavour of the garden and field tomatoes that are available in western Canada in the summer and early fall. This is the time that gardeners are harvesting tomatoes by the box full. Canned tomatoes and tomatoes grown in greenhouses are available all year long. We tend to think of tomatoes as red, but they can come in different colours, including purple, orange, yellow, green, striped etc. They are a great source of antioxidants, including vitamin C and lycopene. Tomatoes are thought to have originated in the Andes Mountains in South America. They are now eaten all over the world.

Tomatoes are wonderful fresh or cooked. They can be eaten on their own or as part of a delicious recipe. They can be frozen, canned, or dehydrated. They are great made into sauce or salsa. The University of Saskatchewan recommends storing fresh tomatoes between 15-22˚C out of direct sunlight.

Only store in the fridge once the tomato is cut or chopped; storing at temperatures below 10˚C with cause chilling injury. Storing and Preserving Garden Tomatoes – Home & Family (

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