What’s Fresh? Beefsteak Tomatoes!

What’s Fresh? Beefsteak Tomatoes!

By Seth McBride, Marketing Intern

Did you know in the late 1700s, many Europeans feared the tomato was a “poison apple” because of its related to deadly nightshade? However, once that myth was dispelled, France started to believe that the tomato was an aphrodisiac and referred to tomatoes as “pomme d’amour” or the “love apple.”

Bay Produce’s beefsteak tomatoes are once again in stock at the Co-op. Bay Produce, began in 1986 when the Challenge Center built its first half-acre greenhouse as an employment and training project for its clients with disabilities. They grow all of their produce using a semi-hydroponic process, and since it is locally grown and distributed it reduces transportation costs and environmental impact.

Although this beloved vegetable was once thought to be poisonous, we now know that they are rich in vitamins A and C. They are also full of fiber. Tomatoes have the antioxidant lycopene which may protect against prostate cancer and heart disease.

Beefsteak tomatoes have a plump and meaty texture with a classically sweet tomato taste. Tomatoes are valued for their versatility. Beefsteak tomatoes are ideal for burgers, sandwiches, salads, and sauces. Try out these locally grown “love apples” with this week’s recipes: